- The following is a word-for-word translation of the article
on "El Heraldo".
- It's as direct and as accurate as I could get it. It's
as close to the one
- in Spanish as it will get. If you see any words that
don't seem to really
- belong there, it's preciselly because of that reason.
- Best wishes,
- Two Jews Arrested With Weapons And Grenades In San Lazaro
- (Direct translation)
- El Heraldo de Mexico
- Maria de la Rosa Manuela Aguilar, communications director
of the PGR, informed that there will be a hearing today (10/11/01) regarding
the case of the apprehended suspects that were armed and allegedly carrying
- The Ministerio Publico (District Attorney) authorized
the transfer of the suspects arrested in the House of Representatives to
installations of the Judicial Federal Police in a heavily guarded and bulletproof
truck. The transfer took place on schedule and without hesitation; therefore,
the two individuals were able to present their declaration to the authorities
- To that regard, Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, president of
the Joint Congressional Political Assembly in the House of Representatives
admitted that there,s a vulnerability and a lack of security in the facility.
He announced that security measures would be increased in San Lazaro starting
- He stated that he personally witnessed the arrest and
saw the weapons; however, he refused to provide any additional details
until he presents his testimony to the authorities.
- The suspects were found by ex-sugarcane workers waiting
for a congressional hearing in the legislative palace, whom Gersson Smike
photographed numerous times until the protesting unionists noticed that
he was armed with a sophisticated Glock 9 mm pistol, made with plastic
material and very easy to smuggle.
- The unionists apprehended the suspects and later turned
them in to the security staff in the House of Representatives. They were
later transferred to the basement of the building where they waited for
the "Ministerio Publico Federal (Federal Attorney General) to assume
jurisdiction of the case.
- Juan Ignacio Cabrera, communications director, and Luis
Alarcon, head of security of the congress, confirmed the apprehension of
Gersson Smike and Ben Zui. Additionally, they provided the details regarding
the handgun and the artifact that were carrying when the arrest took place.
- On the other hand, Gersson Smike claimed to be a Mexican
national; however, he admitted to be a former member of the Israeli military.
A representative from a security company by the name of "Desarrollo
de Sistemas de Seguridad Privada (Private Security Systems Development)
stated that he was one of his employees. He also stated that his visit
to San Lazaro was business related and to offer the company,s services.
- However, according to the official reports of security
personnel, both suspects were seen inside the legislative facility on Tuesday
(THE DAY BEFORE THE ARREST), when then, they claimed to be photographers.
- NOTE: One crucial difference between the previous articles
and the one by the newspaper "El Heraldo de Mexico" (which happens
to be Mexico's leading newspaper) is that it mentions that suspects were
seen by congress security personnel the day before they were arrested with
the alleged explosives.
- When the suspects first went to the congress (on Tuesday
the 9th), they claimed to be photographers. The following day (Wednesday
the 10th), when they were arrested, one of them claimed to be a security
guard and the other suspect turned out to be in the country illegally.
Why did Gersson lie to security personnel (the day before) when he claimed
to be a photographer?
- This article can be found (in Spanish) by accessing the
following link. It,s on page 3 of 7 (middle of the page). The headline
title is "En San Lazaro, detienen a dos judios con armas y granadas".
The PDF file is about 2.3 MB and the server might be a little slow (it
takes about a minute to download with fast connections).
- TIMELINE OF EVENTS
- October 09, 2001
- The two suspects took pictures inside the congress. They
- guards they were
- October 10, 2001
- The two suspects were caught inside the Congress with
- containing the
- alleged bomb making material.
- October 11, 2001
- Mexico's newspapers, radio and television report the
- October 12, 2001
- If the bombing was going to go forward, it probably would
- carried out on COLUMBUS DAY, October 12. Mexico celebrates
Columbus Day no matte what day of the week it might fall on. A bombing
would have been very symbolic ... a blow against Western civilization.