March 15, 1995 in Nation/World

Shooting Of Cardinal Called Premeditated

Compiled From Wire Services

Investigators have found new evidence suggesting that the 1993 shooting of a Mexican cardinal was a premeditated assassination and not an accidental slaying, a government source said Tuesday.

The revelation was described as an “advance” by the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The source said an official announcement in the case of Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo is likely within days.

Previous investigations indicated Posadas, Mexico’s second-ranking Roman Catholic cleric, unwittingly was caught in a shootout between rival drug traffickers on May 24, 1993, outside the Guadalajara airport.

The source would not elaborate about a possible motive or perpetrators of the killing.

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