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Small town mayor murdered in Mexico was accused of killings

Small town mayor murdered in Mexico was accused of killings
The mayor of a small town of Veracruz, in Mexico’s Gulf coast state, was found murdered on Wednesday, according to government officials.
Veracruz Governor Cuitláhuac Garcia said the body of Florisel Ríos, mayor of the town of Jamapa, was found dead four months after her police chief was shown in a video accusing her of ordering officers to abduct people and kill them.
Mr Garcia pledged the killers would be brought to justice, though he also acknowledged there were criminal investigations open against current and former town officials.
A worker sweeps sand from a restaurant (left) one day before beaches officially reopen after months of lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in Veracruz. (AP)
The former police chief of Jamapa, Miguel Castillo, disappeared in July and hasn’t been seen since.
But he was shown in a video apparently made after his disappearance, blindfolded and unclothed, making the accusations as other men interrogated him.
Such videos are commonly made by drug cartels in Mexico.
Medical workers using protective equipment dispose of trash bags containing hazardous biological waste into a large pile outside the Hospital del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, which treats patients with COVID-19 in Veracruz, Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Improper disposal of medical waste has become an increasing problem in Mexico amid the pandemic. (AP)
In a letter July 26, Ríos denied Mr Castillo's accusations, banding them “totally false.”
The opposition Democratic Revolution Party said in a statement that Ríos and other mayors had complained of harassment and persecution by the state government.
Mr Garcia belongs to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's Morena party.
The state of Veracruz has been plagued by drug cartel turf wars, kidnappings and disappearances that frequently involved police in the past.