A former Guatemalan army officer convicted for the 1998 assassination of Catholic Bishop Juan Gerardi has links to Mexico’s Los Zetas criminal organization, El Periodico daily reported Thursday, citing the contents of his diary.
The personal diary of Capt. Byron Lima Oliva was seized during an inspection of the Pavon maximum-security prison and work farm, where the erstwhile military man is serving a 20-year sentence for killing Gerardi.
Written in the diary are the names of two Mexicans whom authorities in Mexico identify as drug kingpins.Seriously, who thinks that keeping documents such as these in one's jail cell is a good idea? While Colonel Byron Lima (the Capt.'s father) might still get an early release because of good behavior, it doesn't look like his son will be joining him on the outside any day soon.
They are Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, known as “Tony Tormenta,” reputed No. 3 man in the Gulf cartel; and Daniel Perez Rojas, alias “El Cachetes,” alleged leader of Los Zetas, a band of Mexican special forces deserters turned killers for hire.
Perez Rojas is currently behind bars in Guatemala.
One of the pages of the confiscated diary features a type of organizational chart that is titled “founders” – presumably of Los Zetas – and contains the words; “Cachetes, Cardenas 2nd, Me 3rd.”
The diary also refers to 120 Mexicans and 200 Guatemalans apparently involved in the organization, 20 attorneys, police stations and weapons, as well as to the purchase of luxury automobiles, jewelry, houses, plots of land and the extortion of prisoners in Pavon, among other information.