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Caro-Quintero Writes MX President: "I've Paid Enough"

Rafael Caro-Quintero, freed from prison in Mexico after 28 years when a court in Mexico reversed his conviction (a decision later reversed by a reviewing court) has written a letter to Mexican officials urging them to reject the U.S. demand for his extradition. He is charged in federal court in California with the 1985 murder of DEA Agent Kiki Camarena.

Caro-Quintero's lawyers submitted the letter on his behalf. His current whereabouts are reportedly unknown. [More...]

Here are the reasons the first court gave for reversing his conviction (you can use Google translator for this one.) In essence, the court granted his writ of Amparo finding Mexico's federal courts did not have jurisdiction to try him (as opposed to a Mexican state court) and that Camarena was not a diplomatic official. After the U.S. and DEA made a stink, the decision was reviewed and reversed by the Mexican Supreme Court.

Caro-Quintero, in his letter to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and other officials, says the DEA has made his family's life a nightmare and he's been punished enough. He urges the President to reject the U.S. bid for his extradition and asks that Mexico put justice over revenge.

In his letter, Caro Quintero alleged that U.S. agents are carrying out “an absurd persecution” of him and his extended family, and that Mexicans should stand up for him on patriotic grounds against a nation that “always feels superior.”

...“If I still had any debt to the state and to society, I have already paid it,” Caro Quintero said in the letter, which was dated Nov. 11.

...“This infernal nightmare against my loved ones and against me does not arise from legal verdicts or from matters of law but rather . . . from resentment and a desire for vengeance of those who from outside our borders insist on accusing me of crimes I did not commit,” Caro Quintero wrote.

Mexico's Attorney General, Jesus Murillo Karam, has confirmed the letter reached President Pena.

I've uploaded a copy of the actual letter in Spanish here.

Caro-Quintero was tried and convicted in Mexico for (among other things) the murder of Camarena. He served 28 years of a 40 year sentence as a result. Mexican law does not allow extradition for crimes tried in Mexico.

To further complicate matters, last month two ex-DEA agents came forward and said the CIA was in cahoots with Caro-Quintero in his marijuana operations and Cuban CIA operatives were involved in Camarena's torture and murder. A former CIA contract pilot backs them up. A third ex-DEA agent, Celestino Castillo III, author of "Powderburns: Cocaine, Contras and the Drug War," said the two ex-agents and pilot "are right on the money." More here.

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    Great post and info (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by Dadler on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 11:04:56 AM EST
    If true, it should be investigated fully. BUT...

    Quintero made his dirty bed. I do not, however, legitimize or dismiss the harassment of his family if true (and Quintero has a tad bit of trouble gaining honesty points, as everyone in this story does). But if you get into the scumbag business (and I do not exclude the CIA from that, of course, this is nothing but a story of scumbags all around), what the F do you think is going to happen to your family? Maybe if you'd acted like you loved and cared about them when it mattered, halfwit, before you chose to get into the violent crime business, you might have made a more humane and less harmful choices with their lives, which you treated with blithe disregard, and obviously so.

    That said, I don't want him extradited, it would serve no purpose except to further subvert the law and further ruin relations with our bordering nation. I hope the rest gets investigated, too, like I said, because the CIA is an organization that is, far more often than not, disgraceful and destructive to the nation, as well as many others. But I don't think there are enough civilized players involved to do this.

    As for the Mexican government, they quite possibly care less about their own citizens than the U.S. cares about theirs. And that is saying something.

    The plot thickens... (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by kdog on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 11:27:20 AM EST
    Highly plausible Reagan's CIA would kill an over-zealous DEA agent if it helped the Contras move blow to buy bullets to kill Sandanistas.  And the sh*tty actor president would shed crocodile tears over the murder at the same time.  

    Why doesn't American justice go after the CIA boys?  Like Caro-Quintero said, he did 28 years cage time for what he done, 28 more than Reagan, Ollie North, and anybody over at the CIA ever did.

    And denying the grandchild a visa for cancer treatments...good lord, how low can you go.

    Right on kdog and... (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by fishcamp on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 01:40:05 PM EST
    I hope you don't run into Caro-Quintero on your vacation to Cabo.  I doubt they'll ever find the guy.  They can't even find a truckload of radio active material stolen in Mexico City.

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    I hope they never find the guy... (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by kdog on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 02:30:06 PM EST
    I believe you 100% that he was not a nice man back in the day...but we don't know what kinda man he is now 28 years later, and this sh*t we're pulling with the Mexican government ain't nothing resembling justice.  

    I doubt Baja Sur is the spot though...Estado Sinaloa up in the lawless Sierra Madre is where I'd go.  Or Cuba, if he can get there.  But if he's the guy who ends up selling me sh*tty weed on la playa, y'all will be the first to know;)

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    May be in Guatemala (none / 0) (#10)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 04:33:32 PM EST
    I highly doubt he's still in Mexico.

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    I would (none / 0) (#11)
    by Zorba on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 05:37:11 PM EST
    think not, either.  At least, if he's smart.

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    Excellent coverage on Caro-Quintero. (none / 0) (#1)
    by fishcamp on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 08:42:08 AM EST
    An old surfer acquaintance of mine was in prison with the doctor who was present to keep Kiki Camarena alive for three days to prolong the torture.  A terrible story.

    If you have not written your memoir yet, (5.00 / 3) (#2)
    by oculus on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 09:11:29 AM EST
    Get busy.

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    Amen (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by sj on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 11:11:42 AM EST
    I'd buy it.

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    Complete agreement. (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 12:52:42 PM EST
    Same here, sarc (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Zorba on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 03:50:25 PM EST
    See that, fishcamp?  You have a bunch of potential buyers right here.

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    Had I kept a diary of those years (5.00 / 3) (#12)
    by fishcamp on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 09:22:40 AM EST
    it might be possible to write something but there are too many space gaps in my memory.  Also much of the happenings would probably be incriminating for me and others.  However it could keep Jeralyn, Peter, bmaz, and yman busier than they already are.  

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    Forgot to mention... (5.00 / 2) (#13)
    by fishcamp on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 03:59:19 PM EST
    Much of any memoirs would be about the three summers I directed, filmed, and edited a film for the SF chapter of the Hells Angels.  They want all the money from anything pertaining to them or they will burn your house down along with your lawyers house.  So I think it would be difficult to write or publish anything with everything burning down.  They mean it too.

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    "happenings... incriminating..." (5.00 / 2) (#14)
    by Mr Natural on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 01:03:11 PM EST
    lol; that's why we want to read it.

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    Hey, (5.00 / 2) (#15)
    by sj on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 09:52:18 PM EST
    ...if Ozzie can write a memoir I should think those gaps in your memory aren't a huge obstacle. And perhaps the statute of limitations could help with some of those other happenings.

    The Hells Angels are likely a bigger problem :)

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