Mexico to go after all narco judges: official

5/20/2019 – Reuters

By Anthony Esposito

07-05-2019-FOTO-PORTADA--770x433Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, looking to make good on a promise to clean up rampant corruption, will go after judges that have aligned themselves with the country’s notorious drug cartels, a government official said.

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Mexico says anti-trust probe opened in telecoms sector

5/6/2019 – Reuters


Mexico’s telecommunications regulator has opened an anti-trust probe into “relative monopolistic practices” in the sector, the government said in its official gazette on Monday.

The Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) probe centers on denial of access, and discriminatory access to an “essential input” in the market for “wholesale disaggregated services of the predominant economic agent’s local network in the telecommunications sector,” the government said.

“The aim of the procedure is to investigate the commission of relative monopolistic practices that have or may have as their object or effect, to unduly displace other economic actors, substantially impede their access, or to establish exclusive advantages in favor of one or more economic agents in the relevant market, or in a related market,” it added.

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‘Robin Hood’ Mexican president says to return stolen wealth to the people

4/16/2019 – Reuters

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he will create a “Robin Hood” institute to return to the people the ill-gotten wealth seized from corrupt politicians and gangsters.

His administration is drawing up a bill to create an independent “Robin Hood” institute “against the corrupt” that would put confiscated goods such as real estate, jewelry and cars into the public’s hands, the president told reporters.

“Let’s quickly return everything to the people that’s been stolen,” he said at his regular morning news conference.

For example, the institute could assign seized homes to municipalities for schools, hospitals or elderly care centers, he said. Assets seized by the government tend to have been ransacked or require expensive upkeep, he noted.

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Mexico Invites International Experts on Case of 43 Students

2/21/2019 – The New York Times

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By the Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government will once again invite a team of international experts to investigate the case of 43 students missing since 2014.

Human rights official Alejandro Encinas said Wednesday the case would once again be placed under the supervision of the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Human Rights Commission.

The commission organized a previous group of international experts, who disagreed with the government’s main hypothesis in the case.

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Auditors: $167 million misspent in Mexico airport project

2/21/2019 – The Washington Post

15133119695_082747d30d_bBy the Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — Mexican federal auditors say they have found $167 million in mismanagement and questionable expenses at a now-cancelled project to build a new Mexico City airport.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had been criticized for cancelling the $13 billion project, which was about half built. Lopez Obrador contends the project was unnecessary, mismanaged and environmentally questionable.

The federal auditor’s office said in a report Wednesday that “there was no integrated plan for the project, which led to deficiencies and limitations.”

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Mexican President to Ask Pemex Unit Chief to Resign Pending Graft Probe

2/1/2019 – The New York Times

By Reuters

25-01-2019-FOTO-03-CONFERENCIA-DE-PRENSA-MATUTINA-770x513.jpgMEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday he will ask a senior executive with national oil company Pemex to leave his position as an investigation into corruption allegations facing him and two other officials proceeds.

Leftist Lopez Obrador won a landslide election last year promising to root at rampant corruption in Latin America’s second biggest economy.

Last week, the president announced that he would ask for information compiled by prosecutors investigating Miguel Angel Lozada, the chief of Pemex’s exploration and production arm, in addition to two others, Hector Salvador Salgado and Luis Galvan Arcos.

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Even Behind Bars, El Chapo’s ‘Robin Hood’ Luster Glows in Mexico Drug Capital

1/30/2019 – The New York Times

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CULIACAN, Mexico — In Mexico’s drug trafficking heartland, the northwestern state of Sinaloa, admiration for captured kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman burns brightly even as the government makes progress in the fight against cartel violence.

Rising from humble origins to become Mexico’s most wanted man, Guzman is on trial in a New York federal court, facing the prospect of spending his final years behind bars after an unparalleled career that made him a criminal sensation.

In his home state, the government says it has contained his Sinaloa Cartel, bolstered by military reinforcements.

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