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Mexican Police Rescue Two Cubans Kidnapped in Mexico

Mexican Rescue Two Cubans Kidnapped in Mexico / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 19 February 2017 — Two Cubans have been rescued from
the hands of their kidnappers on Isla Mujeres, as the result of a joint
effort between the Federal Investigation Police and agents of the
Ministerial Police of the state of Quintana Roo. In the operation
carried out on Friday, one of those implicated in the kidnapping was
captured, according to the local press.

The Special Prosecutor’s Office for Investigation of the Kidnapping
began “a thorough investigation to find and pinpoint the two victims”
from Cuba who had been held by the same people who helped them “to enter
Mexican territory and then demanded 20,000 dollars from their families
for their rescue,” said the report.

The investigation took ten days, and on 17 February “achieved the
release of the people safe and sound,” although the identity of the
victims was withheld. At the time of the rescue they were in a reserve
“in a mangrove area located on Avenida Rueda Medina at Pelícano Street,
in the municipality of Isla Mujeres.”

Police authorities say the family of the hostages had not deposited the
money for the ransom. An individual “with the initials L.J.C.P, who was
the leader of the group and who demanded the ransom from their relatives
in the United States, in order to obtain their release to continue on
their journey,” was in the operation.

In another police action the same afternoon, six people of Cuban origin
including one woman were arrested, “who could not prove their legal
status in the State The migrants were turned over to the Public Ministry
to be taken to the National Immigration” authorities.

It is estimated that hundreds of Cubans have been stranded in Mexico
after the end of the United States Wet-Foot/Dry-Foot policy last
January, which had previously allowed undocumented Cubans to remain in
the United States if they managed to reach US soil. For many of these
stranded Cubans, the American dream has become a nightmare of extortion
and disappearances.

Source: Mexican Police Rescue Two Cubans Kidnapped in Mexico / 14ymedio
– Translating Cuba –

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