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Arrested ex-commander charged with the disappearance of more than a dozen people was to open restaurant in Playa del Carmen

Mexico City, Mexico — The recently arrested ex-director of Civil Force for the state of Veracruz had relocated to Playa del Carmen and intended to open a business.

Rafael Gonzále was arrested February 6 in Playa del Carmen for the forced disappearance of 15 people. Gonzále was apparently living in the central Riviera Maya city and had already purchased land on which to open a bar / restaurant establishment.

Permits for the business had already been obtained from Solidaridad City Council. The restaurant bar was set for a location on Avenida 24, between First and Fifth near the Plaza Quinta Alegría, one of the most prosperous areas of Playa del Carmen.

Furniture had been purchased and some staff hired when it all came to a halt with his arrest by Veracruz Ministerial Police and the Attorney General of Quintana Roo. Like several other officials over the past few years, Rafael Gonzále acquired real estate in the highly sought after region of the Mexican Caribbean.

In his initial hearing, Gonzále did not explain why he changed his residence, nor where he obtained the resources to invest in high end real estate in Playa del Carmen.

To date, a total of 19 state police have been arrested in relation to the crimes of torture and forced disappearances.

The governor of Veracruz, Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares, has asked the State Prosecutor General’s Office (FGE) to continue accumulating evidence so that the 19 state police officers, three of which were commanders, are charged with the crime of forced disappearance and “never leave prison.”