The Attorney General’s Office of Mexico City (PGJCDMX) promised the families of the five victims of the Narvarte case to start the investigation from scratch now that the multi-homicide occurred in the country’s capital.
Authorities told the closest family of Rubén Espinosa Becerril, Nadia Vera Pérez, Mile Virginia Martín, Alejandra Negrete and Yesenia Quiroz that they will resume lines of inquiry that had not been taken into account to clarify the crime that occurred on 31 July 2015.
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This is recorded in documents released on Thursday by the organization Article 19 with the presentation of the Platform of Memory of the Case Narvarte, which includes the journalistic investigation The Narvarte case, the truth as «exquisiteness» and a study that analyzes the media coverage speech on these facts.
On July 31, the homeworker Alejandra Negrete, the Colombian model Mile Martín, the activist Nadia Vera, the makeup artist Yesenia Quiroz and the photojournalist Rubén Espinosa were killed at 1909 Luz Saviñón Street, in the Narvarte colony of the Mexico City.
The journalistic investigation reveals that the authorities acknowledged to the families the failures committed in the investigation from the first moments when they came to the house where the five bodies with signs of having been subjected to acts of extreme violence.
According to the research’s author, Sara Pantoja, the inquiries will be aimed, among other things, at investigating the events raised in Veracruz, where Rubén Espinoza, a photojournalist, and human rights defender Nadia Vera lived, who lived had come out of that state under threat.
«The PGJ has not exhausted the main lines of research of mobile: freedom of expression and the right to information, and drug trafficking and human trafficking. Nor has it gone further to find him or the intellectual authors, because that is a delicacy, as Marco Reyes, then central prosecutor of Investigation for the Care of Crime of Homicide, told them to defend the relatives of the victims and to themselves durant and their meetings at the Attorney General’s Office,» Pantoja says in his research.
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Rubén was a strong advocate of free speech in Veracruz when that state was already known worldwide as one of the most dangerous places to practice journalism for the multiple murders of reporters, including Regina Martínez Pérez, correspondent of the magazine Proceso, weekly where Figueroa was also a collaborator.
One of the starting points of the new phase of the investigation that would be beginning is recommendation 4/2017 issued by the Commission on Human Rights of Mexico City to the PGJ and the Superior Court of Justice of Mexico City in 2017 after identifying grav is failures and omissions in the investigation.
The text of the recommendation describes tortuous moments for families who were never notified by the PGJ in the first place and learned of the event by calls from well-known people and even through the media.
It also chronicles procedural failures committed by investigating agents who presented theself at the crime scene and a series of irregularities such as media leaking of crime scene images and data that gave rise to the criminalization of the Victims.
Hence the platform presented this Thursday Article 19 will also focus on the widespread narrative about the case, especially the figure of Mile Virginia Martín, a model of Colombian origin on whom there are signs that place it in contexts of organized crime in an incriminating manner.
That document posits that news coverage abetted the dignity of victims and notes that the four women «victims of femicide» were stigmatized, especially Mile Virginia Martín.
While there are three detainees, families and Article 19 believe that multi-homicide is not clarified. «I don’t know exactly what happened or who the intellectual authors are,» according to a source of Article 19 consulted by Animal Político.
With the launch of the platform, the organization aims to create a «memory space» that also requires the authorities to direct the investigation into the context of Veracruz by Rubén Espinosa and Nadia Vera, and insists that the PGJ offer a public apology to the families of the five victims.
Meanwhile, friends and co-workers of Rubén Espinosa and Nadia Vera held a protest on Wednesday in the Regina Square of Xalapa (officially called Plaza Lerdo and renamed by the journalistic guild in honor of Regina Martínez) and also family and relatives carry out commemorative activities from this Thursday until next Saturday in the vicinity of the house of the Narvarte colony where the murder took place.
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