Armed with Bombs in Mexican Congress 2 Israelis Arrested Wednesday
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A Narco News Global Alert
Narco News Commentary: The following two stories, from the daily Crónica de Hoy of Mexico City, October 12 and 13, 2001, have not been reported nor refuted by a single U.S. correspondent from wire services or daily newspapers with offices in Mexico. The stories are documented with an official Mexican government investigation number and quotes from the Israeli Embassy in Mexico City.
In the interests of the public's right to know, Narco News publishes translations of both stories, uncensored and unabridged. We are investigating the situation and will provide analysis once more information is available. Certainly, the information, as it stands, is inconvenient to Washington wartime propaganda and the fact that U.S. media has not reported it raises issues of press freedom and responsibility that we will also explore in the coming days.
From October 12:
Mexico will investigate if Israelis were terrorists
-- They were armed with 9mm pistols, nine grenades, explosives, three detonators and 58 bullets
-- They were detained by sugar industry workers in the Legislative Palace
From Crónica de Hoy, Mexico City, October 12, 2001
Unabridged Translation by The Narco News Bulletin
The Attorney General is investigating and interrogating two Israelis (one already a nationalized Mexican) who were detained in the House of Representatives Wednesday with two 9mm pistols, nine grenades, explosives, three detonators and 58 bullets, to determine if they belong to any group connected with terrorists or subversive groups.
Salvador Gersson Smike, 34, a retired Israeli military official and nationalized Mexican, and Sar Ben Zui, 27, of Israeli nationality, were held yesterday in the installations of the metropolitan offices of the Attorney General, headed by the assistant attorney general for criminal process Gilberto Higuera Bernal. They were interrogated to clarify the source of the arms that they carried and to determine if they are guilty of a crime.
Up until now the authorities have not declared about the status of investigation number PGR/11-15-01 and they will wait until tonight when the constitutional limit for determining the legal situation of the arrested parties expires.
Both subjects were detained in the installations of the legislative palace of San Lazaro when a group of sugar industry workers that had met with the Speaker of the House, Beatriz Paredes, left to discuss their issues in the lobby and the two arrested persons arrived and began photographing them.
This activity and the form in which they took the pictures (aiming their cameras below the belts of the workers) generated tension among the sugar workers who proceeded to demand their identification immediately.
The Israelis identified themselves as press photographers, but they were not believed and the workers overcame them and then discovered that they were armed with pistols and other high caliber arms.
The Isreali Embassy will monitor the arrest of Sar Ben Zui
By Francisco Mejía
Crónica de Hoy, Mexico City, October 13, 2001
Unabridged Translation by The Narco News Bulletin
The Isreali Embassy in Mexico has confidence that its citizen, Sar Ben Zui, will be investigated in accordance with the law and the consul, Elias Luf, is following the investigations, his spokeswoman Hila Engelhart confirmed.
She said that the Embassy does not regulate the entrance of Israelis in Mexico and doesn't know anything about what the arrested individual was doing. She said that the citizens of that country that come to Mexico, like all others from Israel, are not required to have any special visa for their travels.
As will be remembered, Sar Ben Zui Was detained, with another subject, when both were allegedly armed inside the House of Representatives.
According to statements by elements of the legislative security staff, the suspects carried arms, explosives, nine grenades, bullets and a detonator.
In a telephone conversation the spokeswoman assured that the Embassy has confidence in the Mexican institutions to do what is necessary to enforce the law. "We are waiting to find out what happened."
She informed that the Embassy doesn't have a program to monitor Israeli citizens who come to Mexico. In any case, she said, the Mexican secretary of state should have a registry of all persons who enter national territory.
She indicated that relations between the two countries are very good and that tourism is promoted by both countries.
Hila Engelhart recalled that it is not the first time that Mexico has detained an Israeli citizen in its country, however, she said that it is a situation that happens everywhere.
She reported that both countries collaborate constantly to monitor exceptional movements that occur and said that "in the case of the arrested Israelis, we hope the situation with be resolved quickly."
Finally, she said that the Israeli Ambassador is monitoring the arrests.