Miss­ing Mex­i­can priest found alive, tor­tured

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -


A priest whose dis­ap­pear­ance sparked protests in an east­ern Mex­i­can town was found alive on Sun­day but with in­juries con­sis­tent with tor­ture, the Catholic Church said. Fa­ther Jose Luis Sanchez Ruiz had last been seen on Thursday, and the next day the doors to his church in Catemaco, a town in the east­ern state of Ver­acruz, had signs of forced en­try. His dis­ap­pear­ance sparked fears that he had suf­fered the same fate as two other priests who were found dead in Ver­acruz in Septem­ber shortly af­ter their dis­ap­pear­ance. But the arch­dio­cese of San An­dres Tuxtla said in a state­ment that Sanchez Ruiz, 54, was found on Sun­day morn­ing “with no­table signs of tor­ture.” Af­ter his dis­ap­pear­ance, towns­peo­ple blocked roads in protest on Fri­day night. On Satur­day, pro­test­ers burned part of Catemaco’s mu­nic­i­pal of­fice and a po­lice car. Sanchez Ruiz had re­ceived threats af­ter com­plain­ing about crime in Catemaco.

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