martes, 3 de julio de 2012

Colombia arrests gang's new leader

Police arrested for the second time in recent months the head of the gang known as the Rastrojos, one of  Colombia's principal criminal groups, EFE reported on 3 July citing the head of the anti-narcotics police Luis Alberto Pérez. Edison Antonio Peláez Jaramillo, who reportedly ran the gang in the absence of its detained leader Javier Antonio Calle Serna, was caught near the Montenegro municipality in the western department of Quindío. Calle Serna surrendered to US authorities in May 2012, and his brother and criminal partner Luis Enrique Calle Serna was reported as seeking a deal for his own surrender. Peláez was taken to Bogotá and faced charges including drug trafficking and criminal conspiracy. Authorities were investigating his possible role in "at least" 30 murders, EFE reported.

Candidate says would challenge Mexico's vote

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the candidate of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) in Mexico's 1 July presidential elections, criticized the vote on 2 July as "unfair and plagued with irregularities" and said he would challenge definitive results on 4 July if these confirmed a lead of 3.5 million votes for the winning candidate Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), El Pais reported. "We are going to ask for total transparency, for the entire process to be cleansed. We are going to call for a revision of registers and in some cases a ballot count," he said. Preliminary results gave Peña Nieto just over 38 per cent of votes cast on 1 July, and López Obrador just over 31.6 per cent, El Mundo reported. Initial results given by the Program for Preliminary Electoral Results (PREP, Programa de Resultados Electorales Preliminarios) were also giving the PRI and its Green Party allies 177 seats in the lower chamber of parliament, the leftist-PRD coalition 70 seats and conservative National Action Party (PAN) 53 seats. Two hundred other seats were to be distributed among parties through proportional representation.