Sun. Jan 26th, 2020

Mexican Foreign Minister says there will be no impunity in Mormon family slaughter

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Tuesday that "there will be no impunity" in the murder of nine people, six of them minors, from a Mormon community registered on a highway in northern Mexico on Monday.

In a visit to the area of ​​the attack in the Mexican state of Sonora with members of the security cabinet, Ebrard made it clear "the conviction and resolution of the Government of Mexico" to bring to justice those responsible for these killings.

The convoy in which three women and 14 minors of the Mormon family LeBarón were traveling was attacked on Monday by a criminal group while traveling between Galeana (Chihuahua) and Bavispe (Sonora), both municipalities in the Mexican states bordering the United States .

"Mexico with full conviction is expressing its rejection, its condemnation of an atrocity of this nature, inadmissible, that goes against all human principles and dignity," said the Mexican Foreign Minister.

The Government of Mexico, he said, "is working to ensure justice and bring those responsible to our legal system."

Ebrard said that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador "leads Mexico's outrage at these events," for which he asked several members of his security cabinet to come to the site of the attack.

"The instruction we have from the president is to help and act so that justice is done," said Ebrard, confirming that he has been in contact with the United States authorities since the night of the killing because the attacked family also has US citizenship.

They are a bi-national community "very respected and very dear in Mexico, they are part of us, of our people since the 20s of the last century and they are also US citizens," explained the Mexican official.

He recalled that President López Obrador called his US counterpart, Donald Trump, on the phone today to give condolences on behalf of the people of Mexico regarding the victims and affected families of American origin.

Ebrard confirmed that after the tour of the site of the attack he will meet with the governor of Sonora, Claudia Pavlovich, and with justice officials.

The chancellor rejected that the situation generated by the attack on the Mormon family LeBarón is affecting the relationship between the United States and Mexico and pointed out that in this case "we are acting by mutual agreement."

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