The release of Diego Fernández de Cevallos, a former presidential candidate who was kidnapped in May, is good news. But Mexicans are deeply concerned about kidnappings, which are up dramatically.
Local media received photos of Mr. Fernández de Cevallos throughout his captivity, some of them with him blindfolded and bare-chested, in an apparent attempt to put pressure on his family to pay ransom. His case has captivated the nation. Last month, reports of his release, which turned out to be false, were spread over the Internet and on the front page of the local newspaper El Universal. Today, his freedom finally arrived.
“I am fine, thank God,” said Fernández de Cevallos, also a former PAN senator, from outside his home in Mexico City. “I am strong and my life will continue being the same.”
The Mexican television network Televisa broke the story this morning.