Former Mexican Senator Diego Fernandez de Cevallos Ramos Missing in Pedro Escobedo, Mexico … Kidnapping?
69 year old Diego Fernandez de Cevallos Ramos, a former Mexican Senator is missing in Mexico since Saturday, May 15, 2010. According to reports, Fernandez de Cevallos disappeared on Saturday and his whereabouts are presently unknown. He was last seen on the ranch of his home in Pedro Escobedo, in central Mexico’s state of Queretaro.
A former Mexican senator was reported missing on Saturday, Mexico’s attorney general’s office said.
The case has rocked Mexico, with President Felipe Calderon saying he is closely monitoring the investigation into the disappearance of the former official, Diego Fernandez de Cevallos Ramos.
The attorney general of the state where Fernandez de Cevallos was reported missing said that authorities have no clues as to his whereabouts.
Fernandez de Cevallos was last seen on the ranch of his home in Pedro Escobedo, in central Mexico’s state of Queretaro, the country’s official Notimex news agency reported.
Diego Fernandez de Cevallos, a former presidential candidate is believed to have been kidnapped. Fernandez’s vehicle was found abandoned with blood stains inside causing the federal Attorney General’s Office in a statement to say, the site contained “evidence of violence.”
Mexican press reports said Mr. Fernandez’s car was found abandoned but with blood stains, indicating there was violence. Manuel Espino, a former head of the PAN party said on Twitter that he heard Mr. Fernandez had been killed. Mr. Espino said he got the information from Mr. Fernandez’s family, but that he couldn’t confirm the information independently.
Officials said they had no knowledge about who might have kidnapped Mr. Fernandez. Most of the kidnappings in Mexico nowadays are done by drug gangs, who are locked in a major fight against each other and Mr. Calderon’s government. The fighting between has claimed 23,000 lives since Mr. Calderon took power.
If this was a kidnapping by the drug cartels, it marks a major escalation in the crimes against political figures although there have been many recently.
The past week has seen several attacks on political figures.
On Thursday, assailants in Valle Hermosa, a town 30 miles south of Brownsville, Texas, burst into the agricultural supplies business of mayoral candidate Jose Guajardo Varela and killed him and his son. Drug gangs in the region had warned Guajardo to pull out of the mayoral race.
The border area has become a battleground between two narcotics gangs, the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, a group whose core is made up of former soldiers from the special forces.
Yet one more reason why federal government must do their job and protect the US borders. How much drug crime needs to take place on the US-Mexican border before the FEDS do their Constitutional jobs and protect America? As Arizona governor Jan Brewer recently said … President Obama, do you jobs, no one is laughing.
Gunmen kidnapped a prominent member of President Felipe Calderon’s political party on Saturday at his ranch about a two-hour drive north of Mexico City.
Diego Fernandez de Cevallos, the 1994 presidential candidate of the National Action party and a political mentor to Calderon and senior members of his Cabinet, apparently was abducted Friday night. The kidnapping was confirmed Saturday afternoon by Calderon’s office and the Mexican attorney general’s office.