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Top officials of former Mexican government tied to cardinal’s killing, author claims

Catholic World News - June 05, 2014

The murder of a Mexican cardinal in 1993 has been linked to important figures connected to both the drug trade and the administration of then-President Carlos Salinas.

In a new book on the killing, author Jesus Becerra Pedrote says that Cardinal Juan Posadas Ocampo was gunned down because he showed a willingness to speak out against the corruption of the Mexican government at the time, and the links between top government officials and drug traffickers.

Church leaders in Mexico have pushed for a full investigation of the killing, which was initially dismissed, after a cursory investigation, as the result of mistaken identity. Pedrote argues that the murder of the cardinal was carefully planned, and the investigation of his death deliberately blocked, by leading government officials.

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