Archive for May 14th, 2009

Corruption runs deep in Mexico

May 14, 2009

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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.

Milenio (Mexico City) 5/13/09

(Portion of an op/col. by Hector Tajonar, titled “Corrupt Mexico”)

“Corruption is one of the greatest and most widespread ills of Mexican politics, since it is the cause or stimulus of the country’s deepest problems. Corruption is the basis for bad government which produces economic, educational and social underdevelopment, which results in backwardness, inequality and poverty. Insecurity and the violence arising from drug traffic and organized crime find their best refuge in corruption. Additionally, corruption – practiced in all the spheres and level of public affairs, besides being an essential element of (un)cultured Mexican politics – is the main obstacle for the establishment of a government of law, and therefore, for the consolidation of democracy. Corruption is an endemic disease that has invaded the national body politic, in which are included the highest governmental spheres, the corporate elites and the political parties, down to the lowest strata of bureaucracy and its bribers. That corruption defect prevents the nation’s political health and threatens to produce a failed state or at least for it to remain in a crooked condition.”

(Note: A political storm has just broken out in Mexico because of the publication of a book by a prominent politician accusing Mexico’s ex-President Carlos Salinas de Gortari of corruption and of links with organized crime and narco traffickers. A second ex-president, Miguel de la Madrid, has now publicly echoed those accusations.)
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Noroeste (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 5/13/09

365 days have gone by since Joint Operation Culiacan-Navolato (a joint military & law enf. drive against crime) began, and though officials insist in saying that the fight against organized crime and drug traffic in Sinaloa is a war front in their favor, the results smell and taste like blood, mistrust and terror. From May 13, 2008 to May 13, 2009 there have been “more than” 1,200 executions, the majority linked to the logistics and finances of the criminal groups that operate in the area. Hundreds of persons have been detained in that time, and more than 46 million dollars and national currency, thousands of firearms, real estate and vehicles have been seized.
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El Financiero (Mexico City) 5/13/09

Manuel Mondragon, Secretary of Public Security of the “Distrito Federal” (equivalent to county area surrounding Mexico City) acknowledged that ending corruption on that agency will be a “complex” problem, since it’s an activity that has been taking place for more than 50 years. “What we have is a cultural brotherhood of dishonesty in some groups, who think that because they have a uniform and a badge, they take advantage of that to abuse society. That’s what has to be eradicated; but when they are decades-old practices one needs time.”
The agency head added that besides being “relentless” against corrupt agents they are making efforts to “dignify” the profession so that it isn’t seen just as a means to make money. As part of the struggle against this problem, Antonio Hernandez-Hernandez, a preventive police, was detained moments after he fired on a motorcyclist. The day before, Humberto Manrique Rodriguez was detained after he was caught stealing a vehicle. Last week the deputy chief of Internal Affairs of the agency was captured after another officer singled him out for attempting an extortion.
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El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 5/13/09

By a vote of 316 to 258 Italy’s Lower House of Congress today approved a measure that makes it a crime to enter or remain illegally in Italy, the strongest effort yet to halt the entry of undocumented persons into the country. The measure makes such a violation a crime punishable by a fine of 5,000 to 10,000 euros (6,840 to 13,670 dollars). Undocumented workers would not face prison but the legislation provides for up to three years imprisonment for anyone who provides rental housing to any undocumented immigrant. The bill now goes to the Senate. 36,000 undocumented persons from Africa and other places are known to have reached Italy last year.
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La Primera (Lima, Peru) 5/13/09

A U.S. Navy frigate intercepted a Peruvian flag vessel some 250 miles off the port of Talara, on Peru’s northernmost coast. The vessel’s 8-man crew managed to dump some bulk packages overboard but they were still caught with 250 kilos of “drug”. The crew, vessel and “drug” were turned over to a Peruvian navy craft.
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Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacán) 5/13/09

The murder of one more man yesterday afternoon in Apatzingan brought that city’s total to 216 for the year. This victim was shot out on the street by a group of “hooded persons.”
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El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 5/13/09

There was some shooting between rival inmates inside the Aguaruto Prison in Culiacan around dawn today. Prison officials asked the city police for help and did not reveal the number or caliber of shell casings found. The preliminary report stated that only one inmate had been wounded.
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El Diario (ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 5/13/09

The Mex. army reported that it had seized almost eight metric tons of methamphetamine found hidden in a clandestine lab in Ziracuaretiro, Michoacán. This event takes place just a week after another 8.5 tons of the synthetic drug was seized in a nearby locality.
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El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 5/13/09

The Attorney General of the state of Coahuila reported that twelve persons were executed by criminal organization gunmen in the states of Coahuila, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Baja California & Nuevo Leon. One victim, a soldier in Torreon, was shot ten times, two of them on his head. But El Universal (Mexico City), after reporting today about the appearance of even more “narco banners” said that: “On the other hand, three homicides took place in Sinaloa, two in Durango, two in the Distrito Federal and one in Tabasco. In Michoacán they executed three policemen.”
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