Reopening the Luis Donaldo Colosio murder case in Mexico

28 years after the assassination of the then PRI candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio for the Presidency of the Republic, the FGR gathers copies of files.

Reopening the Luis Donaldo Colosio murder case in Mexico
Luis Donaldo Colosio Murrieta, the former PRI presidential candidate, was assassinated on March 23, 1994. Photo: Luis Donaldo Colosio Murrieta

The Attorney General's Office (FGR) announced that it reopened the case of the murder of former PRI presidential candidate, Luis Donaldo Colosio Murrieta and formed a special team to carry out an "exhaustive investigation of the events" that occurred 28 years ago and, if necessary, reopen criminal proceedings against the persons involved.

"Therefore, using an act dated April 4 of this year, said Special Investigation Team was formed and on June 6 of this year, the preliminary investigation was filed by the aforementioned attorney, agent of the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office", according to information from judicial authorities. Alejandro Gertz Manero is the head of the Federal Attorney General's Office (FGR).

The investigation was assigned to Abel Galván Gallardo, former head of the Special Prosecutor's Office for the Investigation of Enforced Disappearance Crimes. Luis Donaldo Colosio Murrieta was assassinated on March 23, 1994 in Lomas Taurinas, Tijuana. On that day, the politician went to the place to carry out a proselytizing event, since he was a presidential candidate for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

Why is the Attorney General's Office reopening the Luis Donaldo Colosio murder case?

Among the first actions taken after the reopening of the Luis Donaldo Colosio Murrieta homicide case were the following:

The prosecutors in charge of the case requested from the General Director of the Institutional Archive System of the Chamber of Deputies of the LXV Legislature, copies of the records of the file that was integrated by the Special Commission for the Case.

The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) was requested a copy of the complaints and/or denunciations that have been filed by Mario Aburto Martínez (accused of murdering Luis Donaldo Colosio with a firearm) by his relatives.

The Executive Commission for Attention to Victims was asked to register the direct victims of the case in the National Registry of Victims.

The Federal Ministerial Police was requested to designate personnel to immediately search for "persons of interest" for the investigation.

You can read the transcript of Colosio's historic speech here.