Knights Templar Leader Makes Rare Video Appearance

InSight Crime, 8/23/12

The leader of Mexico’s Knights Templar gang, alias ‘La Tuta,’ has appeared in a rare video espousing his group’s peaceful credentials and calling for the downfall of Zetas leader ‘Z-40,’ a move that may be an attempt to detract attention from the recent security drive against him…

The leader then calls on Mexico’s other criminal groups to form a “common front” against, and kill, the Zetas leader Miguel Angel Treviño, alias “Z-40,” whom he describes as being the main culprit in perpetuating Mexico’s violence. La Tuta also broadens this request to the government, asking that President Calderon take action. This call follows a banner, or “narcomanta,” hung in recent days that declared the Knights Templar’s intentions to persecute Z-40.

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