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Foreign News Report
The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) extracts and condenses the material that follows from Mexican and Central and South American on-line media sources on a daily basis. You are free to disseminate this information, but we request that you credit NAFBPO as being the provider.
El Universal (Mexico City) 6/17/08 (and most other major Mexican newspapers)
Mexican president, Felipe Calderón approved a broad judicial reform that includes oral and public proceedings in place of the closed-door process in which judgment is based above all on written declarations. Under the constitutional amendment, prosecutors and defense may present allegations orally. The new law permits the prosecutor to detain suspects up to 80 days without making charges. The reform grants rights, until now unrecognized, to the victims of crime and also strengthens the capacity of the state to confront crime.
After signing the decree on penal law and public security, Calderón requested the state governments to modernize local laws. He also asserted that the fight against crime is not only the government’s but all of Mexico’s, “because what is at stake is not the liberty, security or integrity of the governing, but rather of the governed.” Urging local governments to bring their laws up to date, the president said, “we must close out space for impunity, for tolerance or for complicity with crime with all the means within our reach.”
El Debate (Sinaloa) 6/17/08
– President Calderón asked the people not to let themselves be intimidated, frightened and paralyzed by the violence of criminal groups and issued a call for the public to report and provide information to the federal police, because without the shelter of public protection, the criminal element is doomed to failure. On inaugurating the command center for the Federal Police, Calderón assured that the criminal violence is in response to the fact that in the past few months, newly created police coordination is proving to be a threat to criminal activities. He gave recognition to the new police and the system of communication that provides information to police agencies at all three levels (federal, state, municipal) throughout the country.
– Early this morning, an armed group in four vehicles shot and killed a municipal police chief in Aguacaliente, Sinaloa and tossed two fragmentation grenades at a group of police attempting to respond to the attack. The gunmen then fled into the city.
– Federal Police rescued 154 undocumented Central Americans crowded into a truck-trailer in which they were being transported. Officials stopped the truck on a highway on the border between the states of Chiapas and Tabasco and discovered the Central Americans suffering from severe dehydration after seven days locked in the trailer. In all, there were 140 Guatemalans, 7 Ecuadorians, 4 Hondurans, 2 Salvadorans and one Chinese.
La Crónica de Hoy (Mexico City)
In a story similar to the above, 10 “polleros” (alien smugglers) were arrested in the state of Puebla along with 112 undocumented Central Americans. The group was being transported in two trucks to Guadalajara, Jalisco. The trucks beds had hidden compartments in which to crowd in the passengers. The compartments were then covered with cabbages. Passengers included 77 Salvadorans, 21 Hondurans and 21 Guatemalans (sic). The total included 29 women and 2 minors. All were ultimately destined to the U.S.
Milenio (Mexico City) 6/17/08
Authorities in Zacatecas reported that a gun battle late yesterday evening in which three people were killed, five wounded and two arrested was probably due to competition between groups of drug traffickers over turf control.
El Universal (Mexico City) 6/17/08
Dominican authorities arrested two French citizens and one Italian at the airport of Puerta Plata, Santo Domingo, preparing to depart for their respective countries, according to a report from the national agency for drug control (DNCD). The two French nationals, both female, were carrying a total of 6 kilos of cocaine in their luggage and the Italian had 4 kilos of cocaine in his suitcase.
El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 6/17/08
A state police agent was gravely wounded by gunfire in Cd. Juárez by an armed group in view of dozens of drivers and pedestrians. The officer was driving a patrol vehicle when he received numerous gunshots from four men in another vehicle. The wounded officer is listed in critical condition.
Entorno a Tamaulipas (Tamaulipas) 6/17/08
Acting on a search warrant in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Federal Police seized 384 packages of marihuana with a total weight of 1,100 kilograms.
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