jueves, 26 de julio de 2012

Venezuela extradites Colombian trafficker

Venezuela handed over to Colombia at an unspecified date a Colombian drug trafficker arrested in the Venezuelan state of Barinas on 3 June 2012, the BBC reported on 25 July. Diego Pérez Henao aka Diego Rastrojo, the purported boss of the Rastrojos gang, was indicted by a Florida court in 2011 on charges of conspirary to traffic cocaine. Colombian police believe he controlled about half of all paramilitaries involved in drug trafficking in Colombia.

Ecuador's "crazy" former leader may return

Abdalá Bucaram Ortíz, Ecuador's populist president in 1996-7 and dubbed "crazy" at the time, told EFE in Panama on 24 July that he may return from exile to compete in presidential elections set for February 2013. Bucaram was president from August 1996 to February 1997 when sacked by parliament, which declared him "mentally unfit" to govern. He also faced charges including of the misuse of public funds but was not convicted, which would permit him to run for office; he told EFE the charges had lapsed but that a "coup oligarchy" in Ecuador was trying to keep him in a state legal vulnerability. He may register his candidacy in November 2012 he stated, as "Ecuador has an urgent need for its leader to return." He said his opponents "know that all of Ecuador wants Bucaram's return and Bucaram cannot be beaten at the polls." The Roldosist Party (PRE, Partido Roldosista Ecuatoriano), a left-wing party Bucaram founded and named after his brother-in-law, the late president Jaime Roldós Aguilera, recently nominated Bucaram as its candidate. There were separate reports however that the PRE agreed with supporters of President Rafael Correa in 2009 that Bucaram would not run against Correa in 2013. This was reportedly confirmed in public statements made in recent weeks by Bucaram's son the legislator Abdalá Bucaram Pulley. The ex-president did not comment on current affairs in Ecuador, respecting the terms of his political asylum in Panama.

Cartels murder eight in Monterrey

Suspected gangsters shot dead seven taxi drivers and the body of a kidnapped woman was found on 24 July in Monterrey, northern Mexico, in what where thought to be related crimes, El Mundo reported on 26 July, citing the EFE agency. The drivers were shot dead by armed men arriving in a convoy of four cars, the Nuevo León state's investigative police AEI declared. The woman who was reportedly kidnapped where the taxi drivers were shot, was found dead in the municipality of Guadalupe outside Monterrey; graffiti left on a nearby wall was interpreted as a "signature" for the killing left by the Gulf Cartel. El Mundo cited Monterrey, Guadalupe and Cadereyta in Nuevo León as districts being fought over by the Gulf and Zeta cartels. On 19 July, a Mexican general declared nearby Saltillo, capital of state of Coahuila, to have become "the home of the Zetas," Milenio newspaper reported on 20 July. General Noé Sandoval Alcázar, head of the Fourth Military Region based in Monterrey, urged mayors in northern Mexico to collaborate with the army in fighting crime.