Sex Assault Dismissal Causes Outrage in Mexico, Appeal Vowed

3/29/2017 New York Times

lawMEXICO CITY — Prosecutors in southern Mexico say they are appealing a court ruling that dismissed pederasty charges against a suspect because there was no proof he acted “with lascivious intent.”

The ruling shocked many in Mexico, where the case already had become emblematic of the impunity often enjoyed by wealthy males.

The 17-year-old victim testified she was dragged into a car between two young men, one of whom fondled her breasts and one introduced his fingers into her vagina.

The judge granted the youth an injunction to dismiss the case because “an incidental touching or fondling will not be considered sexual acts, if proof is not presented that it was done to satisfy a sexual desire.”

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Shooting Wounds Mexican Journalist; 2nd Attack in 2 Days

3/29/2017 New York Times

MexFact - JournalistsVERACRUZ, Mexico — A reporter in Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz was reported in serious condition after being shot outside his home early Wednesday in a region plagued by drug cartel violence. It adds to a string of attacks on reporters in a country considered one of the most dangerous places to practice journalism

The president of the state commission for the protection of journalists, Ana Laura Perez, said a bullet punctured the lung of Armando Arrieta Granados, who worked as the news editor for the newspaper La Opinion de Poza Rica.

It was the second shooting attack on a journalist in two days in Mexico. A bodyguard protecting a threatened journalist was shot to death on Tuesday in the Baja California resort of San Jose del Cabo.

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Mexico may be using another cartel kingpin to gain leverage with Trump

3/28/2017 Business Insider

trumpmexico_083116getty_0The sudden extradition of Mexican cartel chief Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman hours before President Donald Trump took office raised questions about whether the move was a final gesture to Obama or an early goodwill sign to Trump.

Now another kingpin appears to be following Guzman’s path to a US court, suggesting Mexico is playing politics with the extradition process.

Miguel Angel Treviño, aka Z-40, a member and eventual leader of the powerful and vicious Los Zetas cartel, was transferred from Altiplano maximum-security prison west of Mexico City on Monday to the Cefereso No. 9 prison south of Ciudad Juarez.

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Two inmates killed in Mexican prison riot, 13 injured

3/29/2017 Reuters

San-Quentin-Prison-5Two inmates were killed and 13 injured during a prison riot in northern Mexico, the government of the state of Nuevo Leon said on Tuesday, the second fatal security breach within a week in the country’s troubled prison system.

The deaths occurred in the Cadereyta penitentiary near the city of Monterrey after about 50 inmates attacked the prison’s pharmacy and set fire to cells, the government said.

It was the second consecutive day of violence there. On Monday, two guards and five prisoners were hurt after inmates blocked corridors in the facility with burning mattresses.

On Friday, three inmates died in a prison riot in the neighboring state of Tamaulipas after a jailbreak.

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American Woman Wounded in Mexico Resort of San Jose del Cabo

3/27/2017 Associated Press

bajacaliforniasurMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say an American woman was wounded by a stray bullet during a shooting in the resort of San Jose del Cabo.

The prosecutor’s office in Baja California Sur state says the woman is a 60-year-old from Pennsylvania. It says her wounds are not life-threatening and has not released her name.

The U.S. Embassy says it is aware of the report of the shooting but declines to release any further details due to privacy considerations.

Prosecutors say an unidentified man died in the shooting Sunday on a street in the resort’s tourist area. He was apparently the intended target. The American woman was apparently walking near the vehicle where he was shot.

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Guerrero, Mexico Can’t Confront Organized Crime: State Attorney General

3/27/2017 InSight Crime

guerreroThe state of Guerrero in southern Mexico doesn’t have the “capacity to confront organized crime,” according to its attorney general, Xavier Olea. His comments highlight a perennial problem in the region: inefficient justice systems riddled with corruption, unable to handle the criminal challenges they face.

Guerrero is one of Mexico’s most violent states and a major heroin production and trafficking hub. The arteries of the state’s justice system are “congested,” its heart is “clogged with fat,” and attempts to try to rid it of corruption are like trying to perform “open heart surgery,” according to comments made by Olea in a recent interview with the Spanish newspaper El País.

With just 400 investigative state police across the whole state, Olea says he simply doesn’t have the means to bring down the organized crime cells that are now the de facto law in some parts of the region.

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Mexico Transfers Zetas Cartel Leader to Border Prison

3/27/2017 New York Times

prisonMEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities say they have transferred the leader of the brutal Zetas drug cartel to the same border prison that held Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman before he was extradited to the United States in January.

A federal official not authorized to be quoted by name says Miguel Angel Trevino Morales was transferred from the Altiplano prison west of Mexico City to a federal prison in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas.

The official said Monday the transfer was a routine preventative measure to avoid escapes.

However, Guzman underwent the same transfer just before he was extradited.

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