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Mexican authorities release trio accused of dumping bodies in suitcases in Tijuana over bungling paperwork

January 17, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities release trio accused of dumping bodies in suitcases in Tijuana over bungling paperwork

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Three men in Tijuana, who were arrested for reportedly throwing two suitcases containing human body parts on a roadway, were released from jail on Friday.

The three men, Raúl Martínez Magaña, Juan Rubén Sánchez Lara, and David España Busto, were freed after Judge Martha Elvia Luna Vargas decided that although their arrests were legal, the state prosecutor did not file the proper detention request based on potential flight risk or danger to the public.

The defendants were released on the condition they return for their next court date, which will decide if there is enough evidence to continue with filing criminal charges, Zeta reported.

. The judge noted that an arrest warrant would be issued if they neglected to meet their ends of the agreement. After they were released, a State Public Ministry agent indicated that the three defendants gave them false home addresses.

The releases elicited outrage and worry due to the record-breaking homicide rate for Tijuana last year and rising violent crime throughout Mexico. According to Breitbart Texas, Tijuana saw a 90% increase in murders in 2016. In the first 15 days of 2018, Tijuana has already recorded 83 killings.

The president of the Superior Court of Justice of Baja California, Salvador Juan Ortiz Morales, revealed they are evaluating procedures that would permit judges to take precautionary steps by placing defendants in preventative detention for public safety reasons while a determination is made on the reliability of evidence for prosecution.

In 2016, Mexico shifted to a new accusatory system which replaced a Napoleonic code based on written arguments with trials in which evidence was orally presented. Breitbart Texas reported that the new justice system would take years until the judicial system catches up with the changes in law. Some have expressed concerns that it would take up to 15 years.

The new system has been cited as the primary cause of dangerous criminals being released due to mistakes made by poorly trained prosecutors or police.

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