Politician’s disappearance sparks fear in Mexico

The mysterious disappearance of a former presidential candidate is stoking fear in Mexico that nobody may be safe from relentless kidnapping and rampant drug violence.

Diego Fernandez de Cevallos was reported missing over the weekend and his car was found in the central state of Queretaro with some evidence of violence, but authorities said that they don’t know if he was kidnapped or if drug gangs were involved.

Many feared one of Mexico’s most successful attorneys and enduring politicians was targeted by kidnappers, and any involvement by drug trafficking gangs would signal an escalation in the government’s bloody standoff with organised crime.

“If it’s a cartel action, it is definitely another escalation in the attacks of drug traffickers against the government,” said George Grayson, a professor at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. “It shows that no one is immune from their reach, not even a multimillionaire super-lawyer.”

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