Mexican jail chiefs sacked after deadly riot

Dismissal follows violence at Apodaca prison where one drug cartel killed 44 members of its rival gang before escaping.

Mexican authorities have sacked the director of Apodaca prison in the northeast after jailed members of the Zetas drug cartel stabbed and bludgeoned 44 members of the rival Gulf cartel to death before escaping en masse.

The escape on Sunday was apparently aided by prison authorities, Mexican officials said.

Rodrigo Medina, governor of the northern state of Nuevo Leon, said on Monday that the prison director and three other officials were being investigated after their dismissal.

The same was done with 18 prison guards, he said.

“Unfortunately, a group of traitors has set back the work of a lot of good police,” Medina said.

“The most important thing is to make sure that the people working on the inside are on the side of the law, and that they not be corrupted and collaborate with the criminals, as the investigations indicate they presumably did.”

Deadly fights happen periodically in Mexico’s prisons as gangs and drug cartels stage jail breaks and battle for control of prisons, often with the involvement of officials. Sunday’s riot was one of the deadliest so far.

Up to 31 prisoners died in January during a prison riot in the Gulf coast city of Altamira in Tamaulipas state, which borders Texas.

Another fight in a Tamaulipas prison in the border city of Matamoros in October killed 20 inmates and injured 12.  Read more at          www.aljazeera.com

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Posted on February 20, 2012, in Mexico and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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