Former Mexican mayor faces jail after pleading guilty for torture on journalist

MEXICO – Enrique Benjamin Solis, former mayor of the municipality of Silao, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, has been sentenced to two years in prison for qualified injuries and threats to a female reporter, Karla Janeth Silva, of El Heraldo.

Solis, a member of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), confessed that he had ordered Police Director Nicasio Aguirre to beat the journalist for criticizing him, according to the El Heraldo newspaper.

The trial lasted more than two years. The aggression was perpetrated on September 4, 2014, in El Heraldo’s office in Silao, by Jose Samuel Ornelas, with support from Luis Gerardo Hernandez and Joaquin Osvaldo Valero, who were paid by Jorge Alejandro Fonseca, deputy director of the police.

The newspaper noted that although Solis was sentenced, justice was not served, because the other participants in the organization and execution of the attack were not indicted.

It was reported that Solis will only serve seven months and days of the sentence, because he spent one year and four months in the Social Rehabilitation Center (Cereso) during the trial.