MEXICO CITY — Mexican prosecutors have urged the Supreme Court to block a bid by a second drug lord to overturn his sentence for the 1985 killing of a US law enforcement agent.
Ernesto Rafael Fonseca Carrillo, alias "Don Neto," has filed a petition before a lower court for his release after fellow kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero was abruptly freed on Aug. 7 in a decision that angered the United States.
The attorney general's office, which was apparently caught off-guard by the Caro Quintero decision, said in a statement Friday that it had asked the Supreme Court to take the Fonseca case away from the tribunal in the western state of Jalisco.
The same lower court freed Caro Quintero 28 years into his 40-year sentence for the abduction, torture and killing of US Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena and his Mexican pilot Alfredo Zavala.
A third capo, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, is also serving time for the murder, which harmed relations between the United States and Mexico during the 1980s.
Caro Quintero, considered a forefather of Mexico's modern drug cartels, has vanished since his release. A judge ordered the 60-year-old's re-arrest after receiving a US extradition request.
In its statement, the attorney general's office slammed the Jalisco court's decision to free Caro Quintero as "absurd and illogical," and complained that it took eight hours for prosecutors to be notified about the ruling.
The tribunal freed the convict on a technicality, arguing that he should have been tried in a state, not federal, court. Fonseca, a co-founder of the now-defunct Guadalajara cartel, is seeking to be released on the same grounds.
© AFP 2013