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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) 9/30/09
Mexico’s fear of kidnapping
During an assembly of kidnap victims in Mexico City, Alejandro Marti, the father of a 14-year-old kidnapped and murdered [M3 Report 8/5-8-23/08], said that because breaking the law in Mexico has no consequences, it increases the potential for victimization. He added that the high incidence of impunity and the lack of effectiveness of the police, as well as the justice and penal systems, allow the criminal to easily avoid or get out of jail. Marti called for a change in the “obscure and crooked laws” to a system that is “clear and transparent” in order to correct the judicial and penal procedures. Another speaker at the forum pointed out that while 5% of the population has suffered from the crime of kidnapping, 70% fear being kidnapped at any moment.
Federal Police strike gold in Jalisco
Mexican federal agents at the international airport in Guadalajara, Jalisco, stopped a Dodge Durango with two men in it. On inspecting the vehicle, they discovered two suitcases sealed with metal bands. Inside the cases were packets of gold. Also in the vehicle was a backpack containing bundles of peso bills. When asked, the two men could not produce the necessary documentation authorizing them to transport such a large amount and they were taken into custody. The weight of the gold “in various pieces” was 48.195 kilos [106.25 lbs] and the cash came to a total of 368,834 pesos [$27,309].
El Financiero (Mexico City) 9/30/09
Mexico denies asylum to 13 Hondurans
The Mexican government denied permanent asylum to 13 Hondurans seeking refuge from the political crisis in their country, reported Katya Somohano, coordinator of the Mexican Commission of Refugee Assistance. She advised that there was no cause established for their departure from Honduras and they were turned over to Mexican immigration (INM) for disposition.
Colombia extradites four more
The Colombian government authorized four extraditions to the US and confirmed that three more cases have entered the final process. Since August, 2002, when President Alvaro Uribe’s government began, some 1,000 persons, nearly all Colombians, have been extradited, most to the US for narco-related offenses.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 9/30/09
Shootout in Nogales
A gun battle between occupants of two vehicles took place this afternoon on the streets of the border city of Nogales, Sonora, leaving one dead and five wounded, among them ex-Nogales municipal police. [No mention was made of arrests or police involvement.]
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 9/30/09
Ciudad Juarez: the count continues
Within the last few hours of Tuesday and on into Wednesday, 12 more people were murdered in the border city of Juarez, Chihuahua, across from El Paso, Texas. Cd. Juarez continues to become more violent daily. [Oddly, these accounts rarely come from the local area news sources.]
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