The powerful story of a woman kidnapped by corrupt politics of Mexico
Florence Marie Louise Cassez Crepin (born 17 November 1974 in Lille) is a French woman convicted in Mexico of belonging to the kidnapping gang Los Zodiaco (The Zodiacs). She is currently serving a 60-year sentence for the crimes of kidnapping, organized crime, and illegal possession of firearms. The sentence and a possible extradition to her home country has created diplomatic tensions between France and Mexico. Florence Cassez continues to claim her innocence.
Florence Cassez's arrest took place on Thursday, December 8, 2005 on the Mexico City-Cuernavaca Highway, as she was riding with Vallarta. She was detained overnight, then moved to his boyfriend Israel Vallarta's house in the early morning hours of Friday, December 9, 2005. The Mexican Federal Police, which had tipped several journalists, staged a fake arrest on which TV crews of Mexican networks Televisa and TV Azteca reported live.Three kidnapped victims were freed and four persons including Cassez arrested. Cassez was then presented as a member of the kidnapping gang "Los Zodiaco", something she has always denied. Israel Vallarta, who was the leader of the kidnapping band, also stated that Cassez had nothing to do with his kidnapping activity.
A few weeks later, during a live television show, Cassez called and confronted the head of Mexican Federal Police, Genaro García Luna, with the truth about the staged arrest. In the weeks that followed, Daniel Cabeza de Vaca, the Attorney General of Mexico, was forced to admit that the arrest seen on TV was staged.
Genaro García Luna admits to hearing that the arrest was a Set! (Spanish video)
The case of Florence Cassez French is not the only one where Genaro Garcia Luna whole media circus mounted to enlarge operation or capture suspected criminals endangering research and human rights of the accused.
"Where there is manipulation there are all kinds of lies"
In another article published in this blog called The Narco Terrorist State of Mexico where are several official reports from abroad that Genaro Garcia Luna have ties to Drug Trafficking and using the Security Force of the State to protect the Drug Cartels.
According to the statement of Florence Cassez after being arrested, it was through his brother Sebastian, who had some years living in Mexico, how she met Israel Vallarta; The false accusations against Israel Vallarta say is leader of a gang of kidnappers.
Some official parts of the Book "In the Shadow of my life. Mexican state prisoner "of Florence Cassez:
She said: At that time, Sebastien not suspicious. The other had money and it seemed that the two believe in your business. But as was Sebastien knowing Margolis, went scaring. The picture was making such a dark look was deteriorating rapidly. Had ambiguous relationships with the police, and showed it.
An air of corruption hung in the middle of it and its other activities, of which he spoke more openly: VIP protection, shielding cars and also a business that was dedicated just to the resolution of kidnappings.
He said he worked with the police, but that does not mean much here. In Mexico, everyone knows that there are police who are complicit in the gang for drug trafficking and kidnappings. Even we were surprised when they told us that they kidnap to run their businesses.
That's when Sebastien was shocked. Margolis was laughing, but we knew if it was so incredible the lie or felt it could not play. Many people around him with the look of thugs and that gave her an air of omnipotence that he occasionally ate, boasting of having the favor of men of power.
When Sebastien wanted out of business, it all fell apart. Margolis never wanted to pay the actions you want to give. Instead, he pressed my brother to sign without any compensation, and Sebastien ended like a bad movie: his life rotting in fear, even though he rejected the idea that abused him.
Sued, but the case never went forward. He said that the prosecution had changed, he had to start from scratch. They mocked him, sometimes openly. A few months later, he even said that his file was lost.
Instead, the lawsuit it filed against him for theft Margolis and breach of trust was never lost. False witnesses told fanciful stories, submitted false invoices and police carried out investigations totally illegal. Later, they closed the business of my brother. Without explanation. They could do whatever they wanted, everyone saw it as normal.
But the worst was in late 2004. One day in December, received a call Lolany Margolis, who threatened to kill and to kidnap two children at that time had four to five years.
I think it was the straw that broke the camel to Sebastien. He realized he was in a world where I had nothing to do. Too much violence, too much corruption. He could face a guy like Margolis.
And that man was now getting to my nightmare.
- You have no chance. You're going to fuck by Margolis!
Those words left me cold. I knew they had found the card in my department. They had taken my keys at the time of our arrest the previous day, went to look, probably gave them my address. I think Sebastien, in children. In the death threats.
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From the Newspaper of "The Process"
Cassez case: The mysterious Margolis:
He is a former agent of Mossad suspected in Mexico and a shareholder in an impressive number of companies engaged in such diverse things as beauty, education, hardware or security. Rubs shoulders with Isabel Miranda Wallace and Polanco's Jewish community ... and has relationships with almost everyone involved Cassez case: with the French and his own brother, Israel Vallarta, AFI agents and even one of the alleged victims of the Zodiac ... the band name is Edward Margolis and several testimonies Cuauhtemoc point to possible illegal activities of this man he dubbed as powerful, arrogant and vindictive ...
MEXICO, DF (Process). - In the tangle in which the case has become a character out Cassez Florence: Cuauhtemoc Margolis Edward Sobol, Jewish businessman of 57 years and alleged former member of Israel's intelligence service (Mossad).
Margolis would have had direct or indirect links--with the parties involved in this case with Florence Cassez, whose brother, Sebastien, was a partner, with Israel Vallarta, Florence ex-boyfriend and alleged leader of the gang of kidnappers The Zodiac, with Cristina Valladares, a victim of kidnapping, and officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (AFI) in 2005 whose head was Genaro Garcia Luna, the current Federal Secretary of Public Safety.
Sebastien Cassez Margolis was a partner in business Radiancy Sauna Italia Mexico and Mexico, dedicated to selling beauty products and equipment.
Anne Marie told Sebastien Mergier, this weekly correspondent in France (Proceso 1647), which Radiancy was part of a business group that was engaged in other activities: selling clothes, restaurants, car armor, educational services, security guards and negotiations for the release of hostages. Their services are offered primarily to the Jewish community in Polanco.
He explained, "Margolis had a super professional team while serving as an intermediary to resolve abductions. A reliable source would be dangerous identify Margolis found that was really a sort of chief of security for the Jewish community in Mexico. According to my source information sought was a member of Mossad, Israeli intelligence agency. It is not uncommon. Throughout the world there exagentes riding secret service security companies.
"What worried me more was the knowledge that Margolis had excellent contacts with the AFI. Your rescue team worked with agents kidnapped the agency. The same source also told me that Margolis imported arms and ammunition for the Navy of Mexico. "
In fact, when Florence came to Mexico in March 2003 and worked there knew Radiancy Margolis. In his book, In the Shadow of my life, she says: "The more you know most feared Margolis (...) had ambiguous relationships with the police and not silent, a whiff of corruption in all of this and floating in its activities, of openly talking more and more: bodyguards for certain characters, armor cars and a private office that is devoted precisely to the resolution of abduction ".
Moreover, says he boasted of his relations with the police, so she and her brother "even we were surprised when we heard they could kidnap people for your business to function ... without laughing Margolis Sebastien and I knew if it was so Amazing what counted or because he was untouchable. Many people grumpy haunted him and that gave a smugly boasting that he fed, if necessary, to enjoy the favors of men of power. "
According to documents from the Public Registry of Property, Margolis is a shareholder in Epel, HS Ltd., established in April 2003, whose purpose is "providing services and sale of safety equipment and automotive armor and advice on everything related to security." In March 2010, was another company with the same rotation: Shields Epel Monterrey, SA CV, which offers its services in Mexico City and Monterrey, a city which is originally his mother's family (though his grandmother was born in Ukraine).
Epel's name comes from the first letters of first names of their partners in these companies: Brothers Louis and Dan Epelstein Rapaport. In fact, these and Margolis are shareholders of CV Direct from Mexico, dedicated to selling products on television. CV Direct is one of Televisa's main customers in this area.
In an interview with Proceso, Sebastien Cassez said in early 2004 began to have problems with the company Radiancy Margolis. He said that he owed $ 155,000. He announced he was leaving and asked me to pay that debt. Margolis refused and began to pressure him to cede the amount he had invested in the company without receiving any payment. As Sebastien refused, the problems got worse. The latter's wife received death threats against her and her children. Then poured in lawsuits against the company Systemes de Sante et de Beaute, SA de CV, that Sebastien had just created. For two years he got into court battles.
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The kidnappers in Mexico are not guys with no money or single gang in the street.
Advanced technology confiscated from drug traffickers and carrying out kidnappings, extortion and other crimes with the immediacy and accuracy of a modern military or police agency is a surprisingly sophisticated infrastructure and powerful, "They are doing what they would any sensible military unit" said Robert Killebrew, a retired U.S. Army colonel:
These are kidnappers who have received military training in special operations
According to the Center for Investigation and National Security in Mexico, has an elementary structure is inspired by the CIA and the Mossad (the latter served as an advisor to its shape)
Florence Cassez - Political hostage in Mexico (English subtitles)
All this was for reasons of revenge, extortion and false witness against Florence Cassez
Part of the problem is that the President of Mexico refuses to recognize the corruption of the Mexican justice despite the evidence of errors and contradictions as the trial was carried against the French and here the President of Mexico becomes an accomplice to this injustice and arrogance of power.
The French courts want to take Genaro Garcia Luna to the International Court by the falsification of arrest from TV against the French and by the false witnesses that they used.
I think this is a good opportunity to expose all these Narco politicians and take them to jail for a better country.
How many people are in the jail for injustice and corruption? we do not forget all those people!