The unknowns that prevail in the murder of the presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio Murrieta, product of the numerous irregularities that occurred in the investigation, have allowed Mario Aburto Martínez, sentenced for the crime, to try to obtain his freedom arguing that they have suffered threats and torture throughout the 29 years that have happened since that tragic March 23, 1994.
Although -formally- his legal situation has not changed since he was sentenced to 45 years in prison in 2004, Aburto has already obtained an amparo ruling in his favor in which the judge Antonio Gonzalez Garcia ordered the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) to investigate the mistreatment alleged by the prisoner.
The head of the Second District Court of Amparo in Criminal Matters of Mexico City granted Mario Aburto, on March 6, the protection of federal justice so that the Prosecutor’s Office can demonstrate if the facts in which the sentenced person is true He claims to have been threatened to make him plead guilty to the assassination.
In fact, Bored He has reiterated that he was even drugged on the day of his arrest, through some substance that he ingested when drinking a glass of water that was provided to him at the facilities of the former Attorney General’s Office (PGR) in Tijuana. This last argument would justify that -according to him- he remembers very little of what happened.
In this vein, when he was interviewed by experts in criminalistics and psychiatry, he commented that, after being arrested moments after the events, he suffered a kind of “shock”, to which would be added the alleged acts of torture committed against him by various officials. that they questioned him.
With all this, Mario Aburto Martinez, Today 52 years old, he intends to argue that his criminal proceedings were flawed, based on various violations of his human rights. Ergo, if due process was allegedly violated, the proceedings that led to his sentence would have to be annulled.
However, throughout the more than 8,000 pages that make up the judicial file in which he was found responsible for the homicide, there are only a couple of references from Aburto regarding the threats and mistreatment he would have received.
On the other hand, in the same cause one can find at least a dozen versions in which the defendant himself admits having activated the weapon that took the life of the presidential candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).
Luis Donaldo Colosio Murrieta, 44 years old in 1994, He lost his life after receiving two shots from a firearm, one of them in the headwhen a campaign rally had concluded in the Lomas Taurinas neighborhood of Tijuana.
With his murder, his two children were orphaned, Mariana, then 1 year old, and Luis Donaldo, 8, both with the last name Colosio Riojas, the latter is today the mayor of Monterrey.
a voluntary letter
Supported by the National Human Rights Commission, which he has chaired since November 2019 Rosario Piedra Ibarraand with the services of several public defenders from the Federal Institute of Public Defenders (IFDP), Mario Aburto promoted a direct amparo against his sentence in 2021, while in 2022 he filed an indirect amparo claim that had already been granted. , in which he accuses the FGR of failing to investigate the torture he denounces.
In both occurrences, Aburto Martínez also retracts his confessions, despite the fact that one of them was carried out voluntarily, outside of any interrogation, by means of a letter in his own handwriting addressed to the judge of his trial.
In the letter, which is found in the file whose copy is owned by HIGH LEVEL, reiterates what he had previously admitted: that he activated the weapon that took Luis Donaldo Colosio’s life, although this happened by accident.
In these 29 years that have elapsed since the murder of the PRI presidential candidate, In all the official documents of the case, the sentenced person has always acknowledged being the author of the shot that Colosio received in the head, the only thing that has varied in his different confessions are the motives and circumstances of his actions.
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Initially he said that he only wanted to hurt the PRI politician; On another occasion, he stated that he was annoyed by the alleged contempt that the candidate would have shown towards a woman who wanted to deliver a document to him; and finally, the versions that he has reiterated the most are two: that he tripped, and that is why the shot happened accidentally, or that he received a blow to the leg, which made him lose his balance, causing the weapon to be fired, also by chance and without intention.
Contrasting with this formal narrative, which is found in the jurisdictional documents of the case, including the aforementioned handwritten letter, are the conversations that the prisoner has had by telephone with his relatives.
In these calls, some of which have been recorded by his parents, Rubén Aburto and María Luisa Martínez, who live in California, United States, the man sentenced for the murder of Colosio denies being the real murderer.
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