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Video Shows ‘Zetas’ Beheading Guatemala Official

GUATEMALA / 14 JUN 2011 BY JEN SOKATCH EN

Graphic footage showing the decapitation of a Guatemalan prosecutor, whose body was found in May, has been discovered on the cell phone of an alleged Zetas gang member, reports the Associated Press.

The dismembered body of Allan Stowlinsky Vidaurre was found in the city of Coban, Alta Verapaz. He had been involved with an operation to catch a suspected Zetas commander, wanted in connection with the massacre of 27 farm laborers earlier that month.

The video shows Salvador Arguelles Briones, who was arrested June 14, decapitating Stwolinsky with a knife, according to the Associated Press. It was accompanied by photos of Arguelles showing another severed head and posing as if he were about to eat what appears to be a human heart, reports the news agency.

The Associated Press says it was shown the footage by Guatemalan authorities.

This grisly discovery came as Guatemala and Mexico plan to better coordinate strategies to fight organized crime. A meeting between the attorneys general of both countries, set to begin tomorrow in Mexico City, will focus on strategies to confront transnational trafficking in humans, arms and drugs, as well as money laundering.

A Guatemalan spokesperson said that the officials would discuss the Zetas, “because their actions affect both countries,” and that the governments would coordinate their strategy against the group.

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