Mexican official: Drop kidnap charges against US vigilante

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Posted: Jan 08, 2015 8:16 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The governor of the southern Mexico state of Guerrero has asked prosecutors to drop charges against a U.S. citizen who returned to her home town to lead a vigilante movement.

The move by Gov. Rogelio Ortega could eventually free Nestora Salgado, who was arrested in August 2013 on kidnapping charges.

Salgado is a U.S. citizen who previously lived in the Seattle, Washington, suburb of Renton.

Ortega said Thursday that prosecutors have the final say on dropping charges. Ortega said his government "does not attack social struggles or movements."

Salgado led a vigilante group in the town of Olinala targeting police corruption and drug cartel violence. Some people accused the group of kidnapping them.

Guerrero state law allows some towns to form community police forces.