By Lourdes Cardenas \ El Paso Times
A man thought to be a businessman who accused 10 federal polices officers of kidnapping and extortion in September 2011 was killed Thursday night in his home in Juárez.
Officials identified the victim as Eligio Ibarra Amador, 62, but they could not confirm that he is the one who reported the federal police officers.
But Gustavo De la Rosa Hickerson, the ombudsman in Juárez for the Chihuahua state’s human-rights commission, said the victim was the businessman who brought the accusations against the officers.
Ibarra was found in his home in the Margaritas neighborhood in the northern part of the city. Officials said 70 percent of his body had been burned.
“He (Ibarra) came to Juárez because he had a judicial hearing scheduled for next Tuesday,” De la Rosa said. “He didn’t have any protection. (His killing) is a blow to citizens’ trust.”
In September, 10 federal police officers were arrested and indicted on several counts of extortion, kidnapping, injuries, abuse of authority and possession of heroin and marijuana.
Their arrests came after the owner of a used auto-parts business — presumably Ibarra — filed a complaint accusing the officers of kidnapping and torturing him because he refused to pay them a “quota,” a bribe.
At the time of their arrests, the officers allegedly had weapons, $1,000 in cash and 51 packages of marijuana and 66 doses of heroin.