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Former head of Civil Force arrested in Playa del Carmen

Xalapa, Veracruz — The former head of Civil Force of Veracruz has been arrested in Playa del Carmen for the crimes of forced disappearance

Roberto González Meza, former director of the Civil Force of Veracruz and José Nabor Nava, the head of the State Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) during the administration of Javier Duarte, have been detained.

The ex-commanders were apprehended and have already been transferred to the Social Readaptation Center of Pacho Viejo, in the municipality of Coatepec. These two men are the highest level officials arrested in the group of 13 that have been taken down since the arrests began September 2017.

In a statement, the FGE police explained that González Meza was arrested February 6 in Playa del Carmen and was handed over to ministerial police of the Veracruz Prosecutor’s Office.

This official, one of the closest collaborators of the also former local Public Security Secretary, Arturo Bermúdez Zurita who remains imprisoned for corruption offenses, was arrested in collaboration with prosecution staff of both the states of Veracruz and Quintana Roo.

The former director of the Civil Force is accused of executing at least 10 enforced disappearances at the police academy of El Lencero in the municipality of Emiliano Zapata during the administration of Duarte de Ochoa.

The second arrested man, José Nabor Nava, was appointed by Duarte to head the SSP of Veracruz in August 2016, replacing jailed Arturo Bermúdez Zurita, of which González Meza was a close collaborator who was in charge of the Civil Force during the Bermúdez administration.

In Veracruz, a total of 145 cases of forced disappearance are known from 2013 to 2016.

According to investigations by state authorities, the men were part of Los Fieles, a group of special forces of the Public Security Secretariat of the State (SSP), which during the term of Javier Duarte’s government used the Veracruz police academy to torture and ensure the forced disappearance of people.