The Mexican Government disseminates the video of the capture of the son of ‘El Chapo’ and defends his release

Luis Sandoval muestra el vídeo de la captura de Ovidio Guzmán

Luis Sandoval shows the video of the capture of Ovidio Guzmán – VIA REUTERS / HANDOUT.

López Obrador alleges that Ovidio Guzmán was released to avoid personal injury and that there will be no “impunity” in Mexico


The Mexican Government has published the report, including video, of the temporary detention of Ovidio Guzmán, son of drug trafficker Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, in the context of an appearance in which the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has defended that the authorities chose to avoid “collateral damage” when they were released and that, despite everything, there is no “impunity” in Mexico.

The Mexican Government disseminates the video of the capture of the son of ‘El Chapo’ and defends his release
The Mexican Government disseminates the video of the capture of the son of ‘El Chapo’ and defends his release

The events took place on October 17 in the capital of Sinaloa, Culiacán, converted into a battlefield for hours after the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán. The defense minister, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, has explained the details of an operation that led to the siege of the house at 14.30 (local time) where the son of 'El Chapo' was.

The video shows members of the Army and the National Guard surrounding a house in Culiacán and claiming the exit of those who were inside, including Guzmán, who leaves with his hands up after a woman. The security forces ask if he is armed, to which he responds with a refusal and defending the innocence of the rest of the tenants.

Then he appears talking on the phone – Sandoval has explained that he talks to his brother – and asks the authorities to “stop everything.” “I no longer want to have riot,” he says, in what would be, however, the beginning of a fight without quarter that ended hours later with the Government's order to proceed with the release of Ovid Guzman – from which they have not spread images–.

López Obrador defended during his daily press conference the actions of the Executive, claiming that the priority was “to protect the lives of citizens”, both civilians and security forces. “Our adversaries may question us … but this is a new policy. We think that the use of force is not the option,” he stressed.

The president, who has opted for transparency to clear possible doubts, has acknowledged that it was “a complex circumstance” and has called to “address the causes” underlying organized crime, which he has attributed to “abandonment of the people.” “This does not mean that we are going to break the law, that there will be impunity,” he said, defending that in Mexico “there is a real rule of law.”

The Minister of Security, Alfonso Durazo, has also pointed out that “a tactical stumbling block does not invalidate the security strategy as a whole”, based on respect for Human Rights. With the current Government, he added, “the public force has not been used or will be used to repress, no one will be tortured, disappeared or killed by a State security body.”

“What could have become an episode of war and innocent bloodshed was resolved by favoring the return to peace,” said Durazo, who believes that the “easy” thing would have been to resort to “a combat of extermination without barracks.” “We would have won, but at what cost?”

The case has reopened the debate about the alleged impunity in a country that has had 'El Chapo', leader of the Sinaloa cartel for years, as one of the main symbols of the narco. With two prison leaks behind him, 'El Chapo' is now imprisoned in the United States, where he was sentenced to life imprisonment in July for drug trafficking crimes and murders.

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