Mexican Judge Grants Vigilante Leader’s Release on Bond

5/11/2017 New York Times

michoacanenglishMEXICO CITY — A Mexican judge has granted a founder of a self-defense movement in the western state of Michoacan his release on bond.

The Federal Judicial Council announced the decision without naming Jose Manuel Mireles, but a federal official not authorized to speak about the case confirmed it was Mireles.

Mireles had been jailed since June 2014. As of Thursday, he was still in a maximum security prison in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit.

Mireles had been a founder and the leader of the most prominent vigilante force that took up arms against the Knights Templar drug cartel in 2013.

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