Mexican mayor who ‘ordered cops to kidnap people’ is abducted and executed by gangsters

A MAYOR was abducted and executed by gangsters – just months after she allegedly instructed police officers to kidnap people.

Cops found the body of Florisel Ríos lying on a dirt pathway in the Mexican city of Medellín de Bravo on Wednesday.

The mayor was reportedly on her way to the city hall building in Jamapa, Veracruz, when a vehicle intercepted her on a remote road.

She had been shot twice in the head, local media reports.

"We have received the deplorable news of the murder of the mayor of the municipality of Jamapa," state governor Cuitlahuac Garcia said.

He said that a preliminary investigation found that the mayor most likely knew her captors who forced her to follow them before they executed her.

"It has to do with the circle close to the mayor, derived from criminal proceedings that have been followed against (current) and former municipal servants," the governor said.

Former treasurer María Pérez and the former director of public works Carlos Pérez were arrested on November 4 on corruption charges, but they were released from custody while the investigation remains ongoing.

The mayor claimed she had asked the state secretary Eric Cisernos for extra security as she feared she would be attacked and her city's police had been disarmed, Grupo Reforma reports.

The state secretary said that firearms would only be returned if her husband Fernando Hernández turned himself in.

A judge issued a warrant for the mayor's spouse arrest on corruption charges on November 5.

Hernández is accused of misappropriating funds in 2018 during his role as director of Mexico's National System for Integral Family Development in Jamapa, Mail Online reports.

The mayor's assassination comes just four months after the former police chief of Jamapa, Miguel Castillo disappeared in July and has not been seen since.

He appeared in a video blindfolded and accused Ríos and other officials of ordering the abductions of residents who live in the area.

Ríos described the allegations as "completely false".

The opposition Democratic Revolution Party said in a statement that Ríos and the other mayors had complained of harassment by the state government.

Veracruz has been plagued by bloody turf wars between the rival drug cartels Jalisco New Generation and Los Zetas.

Around 296,000 people have been murdered since the government deployed the military to fight drug trafficking in 2006, according to the authorities, who say most of the killings are linked to gang violence.

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