AMERICA/MEXICO - For the Bishops: the capture of 'El Chapo' should give hope that crime will decrease

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 violence   bishops   armed groups  

Celaya (Agenzia Fides) - His Exc. Mgr. José Benjamín Castillo Plascencia, Bishop of Celaya, said that the new capture of "El Chapo", the well-known criminal, head of a Mexican organization dedicated to international drug trafficking, repeatedly arrested and taken to trial, gives hope that the crime rate in the country may decrease. "He is a person who has debts with justice and has to pay them – he said according to information sent to Fides. I hope drug trafficking and crime also decrease". Mgr. Castillo Plascencia emphasized also that one should know what happens to the assets seized by the government from criminals: "On this issue there is much that still remains unclear; something should be given back to the community, since it is a fortune made with the blood of poor people".
A much more criticised position was expressed by the Bishop of Irapuato (Guanajuato), His Exc. Mgr. José de Jesus Martinez Zepeda, who said that the capture of 'El Chapo' certainly does not increase the credibility of the federal government and accused the media of making this news a "smoke screen" on other important issues". (CE) (Agenzia Fides 12/01/2016)