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García Harfuch: there are advances in the investigation of the Gómez Leyva case

Josefina Quintero M.

Newspaper La Jornada
Sunday December 18, 2022, p. 9

In a joint effort, law enforcement authorities and police forces from Mexico City and the state of Mexico are conducting an investigation to arrest those responsible for the direct attack against journalist Ciro Gómez Leyva, committed last Thursday night just a few meters from his house, informed the secretary of Citizen Security of the capital, Omar García Harfuch.

At the end of the Police Day parade, the city’s security chief stated that there is progress in the investigation, but omitted to give details due to the confidentiality that the file must maintain. Rest assured that we are working every day together with the Mexico City Attorney General’s Office and the Mexican prosecutor’s office and police to give results soonpointed out García Harfuch.

He explained that they do a solid, very specific investigation, so that when we go out to report it can be conclusive advances.

Protection from the first minute

Meanwhile, he pointed out that Gómez Leyva, from the first minute he denounced the attack against him, as well as his family, has security protection, which will be maintained for as long as necessary.

For her part, the Attorney General of Mexico City, Ernestina Godoy, stated that integrating research; We are working in coordination with the secretariat and with the federal government, we will be informing you.

Among the main actions carried out by the ballistics experts is the analysis of the two casings found at the scene, which belong to a 9-millimeter caliber weapon and would make it possible to identify the pistol used by the shooter or if it is related to any Another case occurred in the capital.

In addition, the analysis of recordings from public and private cameras continued to reconstruct the events and to locate the exact point where the man who shot several times at the journalist’s truck got out.

IACHR demands to punish those responsible

The special rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Pedro Vaca, condemned the attack against Gómez Leyva, and asked the authorities to promptly investigate and punish those responsible.

By expressing their solidarity with all the violent pressalso highlighted that 2022 It is definitely a bloody and tragic year for the press in Mexico. According to reports from organizations, so far this year 11 journalists have been assassinated. On social networks, he stated: “I emphatically condemn the serious acts of shooting directed at @CiroGomezL”.

The journalist was attacked minutes after 11 pm on Thursday in the Florida neighborhood, in the south of Mexico City, on the way to his home from the television station for which he works.

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