Mexican Navy has released pictures depicting the corpse of a man who allegedly is Heriberto Lazcano aka “El Lazca”, notorious criminal lord, leader of the Zetas drug cartel.
According to Navy officials “El Lazca” was killed in action on Sunday, October 7th, 2012 in the northern state of Coahuila.
The BBC states in a report:
The death of Lazcano would be a major victory for Mexican law enforcement. The Zetas cartel that he helped found with other deserters from an elite army unit has gone on to carry out some of Mexico’s bloodiest massacres, biggest jail breaks and fiercest attacks on authorities.
The death of Lazcano, however cannot be taken for granted, given the local authorities have confirmed [es] the body photographed and analyzed by Navy’s forensics specialists was violently stolen from a mortuary by gunmen. This news have also been divulged by La Jornada [es].
In this context it is imperative that people remember the Mexican Navy, on June, 2012, inaccurately reported the son of drug lord Joaquín Guzmán aka “El Chapo Guzmán” (shorty Guzmán) had been arrested. Soon afterwards this information was refuted by the American Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Further information on that particular mishap can be found here and here [es].
Whatever the case may be, in a country like Mexico where death penalty is not applied to civilians, the extrajudicial execution of a criminal is yet another proof of a failed system of justice, where the government is incapable of apprehend suspects and through due process convict them in order to achieve their rehabilitation.
In the nearly six years of Felipe Calderon‘s presidency, more than 50,000 people are believed to have died in violence blamed on organised crime.
October 9th, 2012.