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Acapulco Man Arrested For Arranging Brother’s Early Release

February 21, 1989

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ A wealthy Acapulco man has been arrested for engineering the early release of his brother, convicted of the rape and murder of a 6-year-old girl, officials announced.

Roberto Braun Diaz, 22, was arrested during the weekend in the Pacific Coast resort and held in its jail, the attorney general’s office said in its statement Monday.

He was accused of unspecified criminal actions leading to the early release of his brother, 34-year-old Alejandro Braun Diaz. The brother’s whereabouts are not known, but officials say they believe he fled the country, possibly to the United States.

The brothers come from a German-Mexican family that owns a cruise business in Acapulco.

Two magistrates, Gilberto Arrendondo Vega and Eufemio Zamudio Aleman, were suspended in Guerrero state in December and face charges of accepting a $200,000 bribe for releasing Alejandro Braun Diaz.

He served only two years of a 30-year sentence for the torture and killing of Merle Yurdira Mondain. He confessed to keeping the girl tied to his bed for two days while he drugged and raped her.

He and his teen-age houseboy, who remains in jail, told the court they later strangled the 6-year-old and dumped the body in a junkyard. The houseboy testified that Alejandro Braun was addicted to drugs and alcohol.

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