PDI accused of abduction abandons his job

After learning that he was recorded on video and that he is now being investigated for escorting a group of armed men who kidnapped a merchant in the Morelos neighborhood, the agent of the Procuraduría General de Justicia de la ciudad (PGJCDMX) city’s Attorney General’s Office, Israel Acosta Hernández, didn’t show up to work.

On Wednesday and last Thursday he was absent from his office without giving any explanation, and on Friday, he sent a family member to present a medical exuse for the next 15 days.

Companions of the officer assured that the agent simply didn’t return to his work.

This, after last Monday ContraRéplica revealed a video in which a group of civilians is seen threatening with guns and kidnapping a merchant in the streets of the colony located in the city hall of Venustiano Carranza.

One can see how they take him by the neck, put a gun to his head and they put him in a white car, while a man with a rifle watches the action. Once the subjects leave, they are escorted by the Policía de Investigación (PDI) patrol.

They had demanded 350 thousand pesos to free him.
In the end, his family only managed to gather 40,000 and deliver it for his release. The person escorting him was an official patrol of the Attorney General’s Office being guided by policeman Israel Acosta Hernández, with license plate number 826 and employee number 938678.

In his testimony the agent claimed that he was not escorting the kidnappers. According to him, he was only passing through the area when he saw the kidnapping, he “panicked” to such a degree that he couldn’t react, he didn’t follow the car of the assailants and didn’t even call for support on his radio.

However, after being called to formally make a statement to the Fuerza Antisecuestros (FAS) (Antikidnapping Force)detachment the officer escaped.
The FAS opened the file CI-FCH / CUH-2 / UI-1S / D / 3264 / 05-2019 for Illegal Deprivation of Liberty, and so far the only person officially identified is Agent Acosta Hernández.

Authorities suspect that at least three other agents of the same Investigative Police are involved in the case.

This week, it is expected that the abducted man will come forward to identify them in photographs.
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