Tags: mexico | kidnapping

U.S. Anti-Kidnap Specialist Kidnapped in Mexico

Monday, 15 Dec 2008 03:05 PM

Share:
A    A   |
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink

MONTERREY, Mexico – Mexican gunmen have kidnapped a U.S. security consultant who negotiated the release of dozens of kidnap victims in Latin America.

Gunmen abducted Felix Batista outside a restaurant last Wednesday in the relatively safe northern industrial city of Saltillo in Coahuila state, Mexican authorities and his employer, security consultancy ASI Global, said on Monday.

Batista, a Miami-based Cuban American credited with negotiating the release of victims abducted by Colombian rebels, was snatched after he stepped outside the restaurant, answering a call on his cellular phone, Mexican media said.

The U.S. embassy in Mexico City said it was investigating and declined to comment further.

"He may have been targeted by organized crime in an attempt to show their power. Saltillo is not a kidnapping hot spot," said a source at Coahuila state attorney general's office.

Batista's employer, Houston-based ASI Global, denied Mexican media reports that he was a former FBI agent and said he was on a private trip in Coahuila state near Texas, giving seminars on security.

"We have requested help from the FBI and the Mexican authorities," said ASI Global's President Charlie LeBlanc.

Hundreds of people are kidnapped in Mexico every year and the number of victims has increased sharply as drug gangs, under pressure from President Felipe Calderon's army-backed crackdown, seek new revenues to fund their operations.

Coahuila lawmakers last week sent a bill to Mexico's Congress to change the constitution to allow the death penalty for kidnappers who kill their captives.

More than 5,300 people have been killed in drug violence across Mexico this year as cartels fight each other over smuggling routes to the United States and clash with Mexican security forces seeking to restore security.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Stumbling S&P 500 Reaching Worst Stretch of U.S. Election Cycle

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 06:30 AM

The political calendar is working against investors.Already hit by concerns valuations are too high just as the Federal  . . .

Koch-Backed Mike Pence Mulling 2016 Republican Presidential Bid

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 06:27 AM

Mike Pence has spent more than a decade courting the deep-pocketed small-government cadre that has come to dominate Repu . . .

Bloomberg Organizes New Gun-Control Group, Will Spend $50 Million

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 06:16 AM

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is willing to spend $50 million this year to foster a grassroots movement t . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved