Edelmiro Cavazos Leal

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Edelmiro Cavazos Leal (1971/1972 – August 18, 2010?) was a Mexican politician who served as the Mayor of Santiago, Nuevo León, until his abduction and assassination in August 2010.[1] Cavazos had championed a crackdown on local police corruption and organized crime during his tenure in office.[1]

On August 15, 2010, Cavazos returned home from a public event held at Santiago's town square.[1] He was abducted by fifteen men, who forced him into a car, shortly after arriving home.[1] His body was discovered outside Monterrey on August 18, 2010.[1] He had been handcuffed and blindfolded before being shot.[1][2]

Mexican authorities in Nuevo Leon arrested seven police officers in connection with Cavazos' murder, included an officer who served as Cavazos' bodyguard.[2][3] According, to Nuevo Leon Governor Rodrigo Medina and Nuevo Leon state Attorney General Alejandro Garza y Garza, the Los Zetas drug gang had ordered Cavazos' killing after he cracked down on police officers who were secretly loyal to the criminal organization.[2] Cavazos had reportedly disciplined traffic officers who had illegally issued tickets to mountain bikers with cuts in their salaries.[2] Attorney General Garza told reporters in a press conference, "They say that since he scolded them ... they figured he was working for their enemies."[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Kidnapped Mexican mayor is found dead". BBC News. 2010-08-18. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Castillo, E. Eduardo (2010-08-24). "Mexico: Zetas gang ordered killing of mayor". El Paso Times. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  3. ^ "Police arrested in Mexico". Sydney Morning Herald. 2010-08-22. Retrieved 2010-09-17.