sábado, 15 de septiembre de 2012

Cartel members detained in central Mexico

The judiciary of the state of Guanajuato reported the arrest on 12 September of 23 suspected members of the cartel Caballeros Templarios, including their leader or a leader, Europa Press reported on 15 September, citing comments made a day earlier by Guanajuato state prosecutor Carlos Zamarripa. The detainees were sought for suspected involvement in drug trafficking, extortion and at least seven killings; they included their purported chief dubbed El Ever, and four women. According to Mexico's El Universal, the Caballeros Templarios emerged from the cartel La Familia Michoacana and worked from the city of Irapuato in Guanajuato.

Guerrillas detained, surrender in Colombia

The Colombian army declared on 15 September that 16 guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) had been detained or had surrendered in several localities in the south-western departments of Cauca and Nariño, El Espectador reported. Troops also confiscated arms and ammunition, and separately discovered a store of ammunition and explosives in the district of Cajibío in Cauca. On 14 September, police arrested four FARC guerrillas including a prominent politician's cousin, in the northern department of Antioquía, Europa Press reported on 15 September, citing statements by the police chief José Roberto León Riaño. The detained included Juan Alberto Galeano Ruiz - Juancho - described as the ideologue of Front 36 of the FARC and cousin of a former leftist senator Piedad Córdoba Ruiz. She reportedly told the daily El Tiempo that she had not spoken to him for three years. Córdoba was a senator for the Liberal Party from 1994 to 2010, when she was dismissed from the Senate as the judiciary investigated her alleged ties to the FARC.

"Rapist" kidnapped, tortured and "crucified" in Mexico

A suspected rapist was forcibly taken from police custody and apparently tortured, castrated and murdered before being "crucified" on a roadside pole in the district of Contepec in Michoacán, western Mexico, the Notimex news agency reported on 7 September, citing the Prosecutor-General's office. A note nailed to his chest - apparently with a pick-axe - stated that "this happened to me for being a rapist" and warned the same would happen to "chatterers," presumably anyone informing on the incident, the review Proceso was cited as reporting. The 24-year-old victim had been charged with an armed rape attack on 3 September; he was reportedly kidnapped by armed men when police took him for a medical checkup and found dead on 7 September.

Local legislator gunned down in northern Mexico

A newly-elected regional legislator and member of the centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) was shot dead on 14 September outside his home near the city of Hermosillo in north-western Mexico, El Universal and agencies reported on 15 September. Eduardo Enrique Castro Luque was elected on 1 July to represent the 17th constituency - Ciudad Obregón Centro - in Sonora's 60th state congress, due to start its legislative term on 16 September. He was shot several times by a gunman on a motorbike as he arrived home at night in the town of Cajeme and later died in hospital, the Sonora judiciary stated. Castro was a local businessman; in a similar incident last March reported in newspapers, gunmen shot and injured Jesús Jaime Gámez Gómez, a businessman and aspiring member of the Sonora legislature for the PRI.