March 14, 2006
A reporter whose arrest and transfer across state lines triggered a scandal on Monday filed formal complaints accusing a governor and state attorney general of abuse of power, attempted rape and influence peddling.
Lydia Cacho, the author of a book about a network of pedophiles, presented citizen´s complaints with authorities at the federal Attorney General´s Office in Mexico City against Puebla Gov. Mario Marín.
Cacho also implicated Blanca Laura Villegas, Puebla´s top law enforcement official, Rosa Celia Pérez, the judge who presided over a hearing following Cacho´s arrest, and a businessman linked to reputed child molesters by her book.
Marín was implicated after Mexican news media released recorded telephone conversations in which he allegedly speaks with the businessman about punishing Cacho for her book. Marín first refused to respond to the recordings, then called a news conference to say the voice on the tapes was not his.
Cacho´s “The Demons of Eden” was published last year and chronicles networks of pedophiles, child prostitution and pornography.
The book links the businessman allegedly taped talking to Marín to the accused head of a child prostitution and pornography ring.
In December, police agents from Puebla traveled to Cacho´s Cancún home and arrested her on libel and slander charges which grew out of complaints by the businessman. Authorities then drove her 1,700 kilometers to jail in Puebla. She was later granted bail, but still faces charges.
Though Puebla prosecutors insist making the arrest across state lines violated no laws, the manner in which Cacho was detained raised questions among human rights groups. The recordings purportedly featuring Marín appear to provide more evidence her arrest was improper.
The lower house of Congress has urged the governor to step down while authorities investigate allegations he participated in a possible revenge plot against Cacho. Only the Puebla legislature has the power to remove Marín from office. The case has prompted street protests in Puebla, demanding that Marín resign.