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Hitman who attacked journalist Ciro Gómez Leyva arrested in western Mexico

Morelia (Mexico), 13 Jan. Mexican authorities arrested on Thursday in the western state of Michoacán an alleged hit man and material author of the shooting attack suffered by the Mexican journalist Ciro Gómez Leyva, on December 15 in Mexico City.

The mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, confirmed on social networks that the arrest took place in the state of Michoacán.

The man now detained was identified by local media as Héctor Eduardo M., 32, who was captured in the municipality of Tangancícuaro, Michoacçan, through an operation in which the Mexican Army, the Secretary of Citizen Security and the Prosecutor’s Offices participated. Generals of Mexico City and Michoacán.

The alleged hit man was arrested based on an arrest warrant, so tonight he is transferred by means of a strong device to the country’s capital.

The governor of Michoacán, Alfredo Ramírez Bedolla, reported that his administration has given facilities to the authorities of Mexico City to continue the investigations into the attack against Gómez Leyva.

Meanwhile, Sheinbaum affirmed that the detainee is the co-pilot who was traveling on a motorcycle that followed and from which they shot at the journalist, on December 15 before arriving at his home in the south of Mexico City.

“The alleged person responsible for shooting against Ciro Gómez Leyva was arrested in Michoacán. This is the person who was co-pilot on the motorcycle the day of the attack. Our commitment is to end impunity,” Sheinbaum wrote in a message on Twitter.

During the early hours of January 11, authorities arrested 11 people in 12 raids on buildings in Mexico City, related to the attack on Gómez Leyva. This Thursday in the capital of the country, authorities announced the capture of another four involved in the case.

The attack has caused controversy in Mexico because he is one of the most recognized communicators in the country and because of his critical coverage of the country’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has promised that the crime will not go unpunished despite the ideological differences.

In this sense, Sheinbaum reiterated that there will be no impunity in this case. EFE

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