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Mexico    CARDINAL'S MURDER WAS A PREMEDITATED 'STATE CRIME'
The 1993 killing iof Cardinal Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo of Guadalajara was deliberate, to silence the cardinal and to recover documents in his possession showing links between members of the Mexican Government with drug-trafficking gangs, the Mexican archdiocesan magazine Nuevo Criterio has stated.
    The magazine said it was the result of "coldness, premeditation, and a very clear objective".
    The magazine was quoting from a report delivered to the Government by the inter-institutional commission appointed in May 1998 to resolve the case. The commission's findings confirm the Church's hypothesis, while contradicting the theory for years maintained by government prosecutors that the cardinal was killed as result of "confusion" during a battle between rival drug-trafficking gangs at Guadalajara airport in May 1993.
    The commission believes the murder "points to a hidden, deadly war between rival drug cartels, which reaches into the heart of the [Mexican] state", according to the magazine.
   
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