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Niña Paulette — by any means necessary

24 May 2010

Both Gancho and Malcolm Beith have weighed in on the non-settlement (or nonsense) of the Paulette Gebara case.  Gancho writes:

To briefly recap, Paulette disappeared in March, the police came and searched the house, both parents acted really oddly (especially the mom), the police came back to recreate the scene of the night of her disappearance, found Paulette’s body in “an opening between the base of the bed, the floor, and the mattress”, detained and interrogated the parents and the girl’s nannies, made public no conclusions, sat on the story for six weeks, and then on Friday suddenly announced that she had smothered herself. This should be in a textbook about how a government can earn the scorn and distrust of its constituents. Freak things do happen in life, and if you told me that a young, developmentally challenged girl (which Paulette was) had fallen awkwardly in her sleep and suffocated, I wouldn’t necessarily think you were full of it. However, given that the government waited so long, that the police could conduct a search of the house and miss the body of the girl they were looking for in her own bedroom, that both parents could behave so oddly in interviews (the mother’s emotions, which appeared utterly incongruent with the circumstances, were especially remarkable), and that Paulette Gebara’s father reportedly has connections to Mexico State governor Enrique Peña Nieto’s political operation, you’d have to be as credulous as a first-grader not to smell a rat.

It looks like, walks like and quacks like a cover-up or basic ineptitude, but there is another avenue for investigation, one I hadn’t even thought of.  Paulette, being a developmentally disabled minor, is a person particularly vulnerable to having her human rights violated:  which entites here under the Federal District code to special protections.  And, with the Gebara family living just across the State of Mexico – Federal District line, there is every indication that  some of the actions (or non-actions) that led to her death occurred in the Federal District.  So… the Human Rights Commission of the Federal District Assembly is calling on National Human Rights Commissioner Raúl Placencia to mount an investigation.

Of course, it also has to be noted that the Federal District Assembly is overwhelmingly PRD, and the State of Mexico governor is the presumptive PRI presidential candidate in 2012.  Unless, oh, some scandal or other derails his ambitions.  Yes, that makes her a pawn in a nasty political game, but this may be one of those times where the wheels of justice have skidded and a turn into the skid might be the best course of action.

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