Miss­ing Mex­i­can priest found alive

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A PRIEST whose dis­ap­pear­ance sparked protests in an east­ern Mex­i­can town was found alive but with in­juries con­sis­tent with tor­ture, the Catholic church said.

Fa­ther Jose Luis Sanchez Ruiz had last been seen on Novem­ber 10, 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 shortly after their dis­ap­pear­ance.

But the arch­dio­cese of San An­dres Tuxtla said in a state­ment that Mr Sanchez Ruiz, 54, was found on Novem­ber 13 morn­ing “with no­table signs of tor­ture”.

After his dis­ap­pear­ance, towns­peo­ple blocked roads in protest on Novem­ber 11. Protesters burned part of Catemaco’s mu­nic­i­pal of­fice and a po­lice car.

Mr Sanchez Ruiz had re­ceived threats after com­plain­ing about crime in Catemaco.

Mex­ico is one of the most vi­o­lent places for priests in the world.

In Septem­ber, two priests were found dead on the road­side a day after they were taken away from their church in an­other town in Ver­acruz. Prose­cu­tors have de­tained two peo­ple.

That same month, an­other priest was found shot dead after dis­ap­pear­ing in Mi­choa­can.

Fif­teen priests have been killed in Mex­ico since Pres­i­dent En­rique Pena Ni­eto took of­fice in De­cem­ber 2012. –

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