Mexico Congressman Moises Villanueva killed ‘by rival’

BBC News, 10/5/11

Judicial officials in Mexico say the murder of a federal Congressman in the southern state of Guerrero last month was ordered by a political rival. Moises Villanueva, a representative in Mexico’s lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, was found dead two weeks after being abducted.

Police said two men confessed to the crime and implicated a local mayor. The suspects said the mayor, whom the authorities have not named, paid them $22,000 to kill Mr Villanueva. Mr Villanueva was abducted along with his driver, Erick Estrada Vazquez, on 4 September.

Their bodies were found by the roadside in the southern state of Guerrero two weeks later. Forensic reports at the time said they had been shot dead.

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