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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 – Quito, Ecuador – 07/15/09
(Ecuador-Colombia, deteriorated relationship)
The Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa, recalls the attack that his territory received a year ago to bomb an encampment of the FARC; he states that it is one of the aggressions that most affects Latin America. Correa said Wednesday that the relations between Ecuador and Colombia, broken more than a year ago, show a “great deterioration.”
The leader declared to Radio Vision that the rupture of relations is not irreversible but we are certainly in a moment of a great deterioration of the bilateral relations by virtue of all these actions which go beyond the Colombian government.
Quito broke relations with Bogota after the Colombian military incursion on March 1, 2008, on Ecuadorian territory to attack an encampment of the FARC.
An Ecuadorian provincial judge dictated preventive prison against a former Colombian ex-minister of defense in that the public prosecutor accuses him in 25 deaths which occurred in the aforementioned encampment.
Correa defended the actions of the Ecuadorian justice, which he said is “autonomous” and advances the process for “various crimes” committed in Ecuador during the Colombian operation. The Ecuadorian president declared that “ in a civilized country crimes are pursued” and mentioned crimes that “cannot remain with impunity” like the bombing of Ecuadorian territory, homicide and usurpation of authority.
Correa maintained that “what Ecuador suffered on March 1 was one of the most serious aggressions in the history of Latin America, and the whole country should reject the aggression”.
Last week a Colombian attorney asked the prosecutor’s office in his country to denounce Correa before the International Justice Court for presumed ties with the FARC, a designation which the Ecuadorian authorities have repeatedly rejected.
ENTORNO A TAMAULIPAS – GUANAJUATO, GTO. – 07/16/09
(The “Mata Zetas” arrive in Guanajuato; execute five)
The “Mata Zetas” made their appearance in the area and this morning killed five men in the Municipalities of Celaya, San Miguel de Allende, San Jose Iturbide, San Luis de la Paz and Leon. In just two days, ten persons have been killed in narco traffic crimes which the authorities attribute to “La Familia Michoacana” in its dispute with the Gulf Cartel for the Guanajuato territory.
Next to the bodies were found cardboard signs with inscriptions similar to this: “The resistance is here also.. Mata Z”, which the DOJ is analyzing.
In all cases, the victims were found with hands tied, gagged and with signs stuck to some part of the body. No signs of gun shots were found and initial data indicate that they were strangled or suffocated.
The victims’ bodies were found in various municipalities in the area. The only one identified to date was a 23 year old man who had been reported kidnapped earlier. He had just returned from the U.S. and was looking for work, the police said.
EL DIARIO DE COAHUILA – Morelia, Mich. – 07/16/09
(The federal agents were based in Morelia and they will be deployed throughout the entire area.
By land and air, the 1,500 federal police sent by the Secretary of Public Safety (SSP) arrived in Morelia to reinforce the anti-crime operatives.
The federal convoy was concentrated since last night and early this morning in the regional federal police headquarters in Morelia and today will be deployed throughout the state.
The arrival of the police agents in the capital includes armored trucks, at least ten helicopters and vehicles with tactical equipment. The 1,500 agents who arrived are in addition to the 1,200 who were already deployed in the state by the Federal Police (PFP).
FRONTERA – Tijuana, B.C. – 07/16/09
(The detention of five civilians and five State Police Agents was the result of an operation performed by the Mexican Army in Tijuana)
Personnel of the Second Military Zone informed that thanks to a citizen’s report they were successful in detaining ten persons with firearms and drugs; two kilograms of cocaine, two shotguns one revolver, 30 live cartridges and a black Ford Expedition. Among the arrestees were Enrique Reyes Pacheco aka: El Rambo, ex state police officer; Juan Islas Garcia aka: El Licenciado. These two men are presumably connected with the criminal organization of Fernando Sanchez Arellano, leader of the Arellano Felix Cartel. Along with them were detained three more State Police officers.
According to information from the military, an order for location and presentation of these police officers was issued by the DOJ (MPF) for possible ties to organized crime, wherefore they are currently detained as suspects. Also mentioned was that one of the Police was previously arrested for ties to the Cartel, but was set free for lack of evidence.
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