Apr 24, 2015

Mexico brothers lose final death sentence appeal in Malaysia

Note: Another issue that should be taken up at the UN meeting is this. A mandatory death sentence by hanging for trading in prohibited substances? That is utterly outrageous.

Mexico has protested death sentences for far worse crimes. It should make an exemplary stand on this one, committing to diplomatic sanctions against Malaysia if these men are murdered by the state.

AP: Three Mexican brothers and two other people on Thursday lost their final appeals against death sentences for drug trafficking in Malaysia, their lawyer said.

The Mexicans are from Sinaloa state, the cradle of their country's drug trade, but have no criminal record at home. They were arrested at a secluded drug-making factory in Malaysia in 2008, and claimed they had been cleaning the place, not making drugs. Read more. 

Mexican girl mistakenly sent to US woman is back home

Note: Imagine if this had happened not so long ago, when DNA tests were not an option. The power of a US strongarming and the malinchismo of a Mexican court would have meant that  a young girl was stripped of her family, a mother suddenly robbed of the child she raised for 14 years.

AP: Alondra Luna Nunez was a young girl when she had a mishap with a remote-control car, leaving a scar between her eyebrows. Last week, that scar resulted in the teenager being misidentified as a missing girl from Texas, and then spirited north to live with a woman who claimed to be her mother.

After a weeklong saga in which Alondra was videotaped as she was dragged screaming from a Mexican courtroom, the 14-year-old is back at home with the family that a DNA test proved is hers. Read more. 

Drug cartel violence flares again in Northern Mexico state

Reuters: Drug cartel violence in Mexico's Tamaulipas state flared up for the second time in a week on Wednesday, with gun battles and arson attacks erupting in the street after police captured four alleged drug gang members.

The detainees, whose identity is still unknown, are from the Gulf Cartel, one of Mexico's oldest drug trafficking groups, also known for kidnappings and immigrant trafficking. Read more. 

DEA Scandal: Drugs, Prostitutes and 'Grotesque' U.S. Double Standards

La Jornada (Translated by WorldMeets.US) The director of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA for its English acronym) Michele Leonhart resigned yesterday following a scandal involving DEA agents partying with prostitutes in Colombia - and after lawmakers in our neighboring country's House of Representatives issued a statement of no confidence in respect to her performance on the issue.

It should be recalled that last month, the U.S. Department of Justice released an internal report which revealed the involvement of some DEA officers at parties with prostitutes funded by drug cartels in Cartagena, Colombia, which was part of a broader investigation into another scandal in which Secret Service members in 2012 were involved with sex workers in that city as President Barack Obama participated in the Summit of the Americas. Read more. 

Mexico almost dead last in impunity index

Mexico News Daily: The numbers confirm what most people already know: impunity in Mexico is about as bad as it can get.

With 75.7 points, Mexico trails behind only the Philippines, at 80. To determine a country’s level on the impunity index the study analyzed 14 indicators, including the number of police and judges per 100,000 inhabitants, the incidence of extrajudicial executions and kidnappings and the percentage of people incarcerated without sentences.A new analysis called the Global Impunity Index 2015 (IGI) ranked Mexico at second from the bottom on an international scale. It also found that a country’s wealth does not favorably impact its impunity index, nor does increasing police funding without ensuring effective judicial processes. Read more. 

Apr 20, 2015

Final round: Cartel twins vs. cop-backed kidnapper

The Sun Times: To Pedro Flores, the two men who pulled him over had looked like cops.

But moments later, face down in the back of a windowless van, his hands and feet zip-tied, Flores realized he’d been duped.

At 22, he had been quietly working with his twin brother, Margarito, to create the most successful drug-dealing partnership in Chicago’s history. Read more. 

Media reports say Mexican police were involved in January killings

Reuters: Three media outlets said on Sunday that Mexican federal police killed 16 unarmed people in two separate attacks in January, appearing to contradict an account by the federal government that the deaths could have been caused by friendly fire.

Aristegui Noticias, Univision and Proceso published similar accounts of the deaths in Apatzingan in the restive western state of Michoacan. They were the latest reports to allege abuses by security forces in the country. Read more.