Mexico: Alleged Rape and Murder of Ernestina Ascencio

Erich Adolfo Moncada Cota has a two part report on the alleged rape and mudder of 73-year-old Ernestina Ascencio Rosario by Mexican soldiers in Veracruz.

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  • Dueling press conferences on the case took place on April 19. At one, opposition legislators showed photographs from the autopsy purporting to show massive intracranial bleeding and signs of trauma to the genitals and rectum, as well as seminal fluid. I have not been able to get my hands on the photos yet. Mr. Soberanes, meanwhile, president of the Mexican national human rights commission, stated yesterday that the photographic evidence and tissue samples were taken from the bodies of other women, not Mrs. Asencio’s, as Milenio Guadalajara reports today. He also said his agency is filing criminal charges against the Veracruz medical examiners whose report made public by his critics today. A congressional hearing with Mr. Soberanes is set for April 25.

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