Mexican judge orders investigation of inquiries into extrajudicial killings

08/15/2017 Reuters

16-05-23Mexico_logo_prodhMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican judge has ordered the country’s attorney general to investigate possible negligence in inquiries conducted into extrajudicial executions allegedly committed by the military in 2014, according to a decision announced on Tuesday.

The Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center (Prodh) said in June that there had been serious flaws in investigations into the case involving the deaths of 22 people in the city of Tlatlaya, in the state of Mexico.

The decision from Erik Zabalgoitia Novales, a federal judge, was issued in July. “The arguments of the plaintiff are justified, in that they maintain that the claimed omissions infringe on … the fundamental rights in favor of the victims of crimes,” he said.

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‘El Chapo’ Guzman hires John Gotti Jr’s lawyer in U.S. case

08/08/2017 Reuters

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(Reuters) – Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the captured leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, has hired a New York lawyer best known for successfully defending the son of convicted mafia boss John Gotti to represent him in his U.S. criminal case.

The lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, said in an email on Tuesday that Guzman hired him, along with three others: Marc Fernich, who has also represented Gotti’s son, John Gotti, Jr; William Purpura, who represented Baltimore drug kingpin Richard Wilford; and Eduardo Balarezo, who represented Alfredo Beltran Leyva, head of another Mexican drug cartel.

Wilford and Beltran Leyva were both convicted and received long prison sentences.

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Venezuelan asylum seekers in Mexico surge as crisis deepens

8/7/2017 Reuters

Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro hold a news conference ahead of the OAS 47th General Assembly in Cancun
Mexico’s Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray (L) and Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro hold a news conference ahead of the OAS 47th General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

Venezuela’s deepening political and economic crisis has provoked a surge of asylum seekers to Mexico this year, government figures show, with applications to stay in Mexico setting a record pace.

During just the first six months of this year, 1,420 Venezuelans have sought asylum in Mexico, a nearly four-fold jump compared to the 361 total Venezuelan asylum applicants for all of 2016.

No Venezuelans applied for asylum in Mexico in 2014 or 2015.

“It’s not normal for so many Venezuelans to come here,” Socorro Flores, Mexico deputy foreign minister for Latin America and the Caribbean, told Reuters in an interview.

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Mexico officials accused of abuse in migration centers: report

08/03/2017 Reuters

INMMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A report found that staff at Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM) abused and even tortured migrants held in detention centers across the country, a finding the organization disputed on Thursday.

INM commissioned the report, which was conducted by human rights works and others from outside the government agency. It was not clear why the agency commissioned the report but Mexico’s migration officers have long been accused of corruption, shaking down migrants and even working with organized criminals involved in human smuggling rings.

INM said it has taken steps to safeguard against the problems highlighted by the report but disputed the report’s most serious findings.

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Another journalist has been gunned down in Mexico — the eighth killed this year

07/31/2017 Los Angeles Times

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A journalist celebrating his 29th birthday was shot dead early Monday at a bar in the Mexican resort city of Rosarito.

Luciano Rivera Salgado, who covered crime for a Baja California television channel and published a news website called El Dictamen, is at least the eighth journalist to be killed this year in a country that ranks among the most dangerous for members of the media.

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Mexico rescues 147 Central American migrants headed for U.S.

7/30/2017 Reuters

mexican immigrantMexican authorities said on Sunday they rescued 147 Central Americans abandoned in the wilderness of Veracruz state after suspected human smugglers forced them out of the cramped tractor trailer they were traveling in on their way to the United States.

The migrants, 74 from Honduras, 59 from Guatemala, 13 from El Salvador and one from Nicaragua were in the back of the poorly ventilated vehicle as they traveled to the border state of Tamaulipas, where they would eventually be smuggled into the United States, Mexico’s national immigration institute said.

Among those rescued were 48 minors, including 14 traveling without an adult companion.

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Nine bodies found outside home in Mexico’s Nuevo Laredo

07/27/2017 Reuters

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The bodies of five women and four men were found piled up in front of a house in the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo on the border with Texas, local authorities said on Thursday.

“The attorney general’s office of Tamaulipas is aware of the situation and has opened an investigation into the homicide of the nine people,” said a security official from the border state of Tamaulipas, who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Turf wars between the rival Gulf Cartel and Zetas gangs have racked the state for years, and in recent years some of Mexico’s worst drug violence has hit Tamaulipas.

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