sábado, 22 de septiembre de 2012

Honduran family's massacre a false report

Angry Honduran authorities were to investigate the source of a false report of an entire family being murdered in the Honduran countryside on 20 September, after 200 policemen and state personnel reached the site with difficulty and found no massacre had occurred, agencies and papers reported on 21 September.  the state sent police, jurists and forensic experts to examine the reported incident in an isolated locality some 350 km from the capital Tegucicalpa. The Honduran police chief Héctor Iván Mejías told the Cuban agency Prensa Latina that "after inspecting the El Desayuno hamlet we observed there was no massacre." The Security Minister Pompeyo Bonilla said the source of the news should be sought in the locality in the eastern department of Olancho. The father and grandfather of the "murdered" family Leónidas Carrasco told the press on 20 September that he had been informed by phone of the murder of his daughter, her husband and their children and respective families. An unnamed brother or relative of the family reached their house on 21 September - after driving four hours and walking three - and saw they were alive but fearful and confined to the house for hearing of their own deaths on the radio, the daily El Heraldo reported on its website. Security Minister Bonilla said police would seek out "the entrails" of an incident he said had "come out of some place," La Prensa reported. The daily cited a former security minister Óscar Álvarez as saying that "this could be a strategy by organized crime to deviate attention from a big operation" nearby.

Local elections begin in Nicaragua

The campaign for Nicaragua's municipal elections began "quietly" on 20 September and was to last to 31 October, prior to voting on 4 November, EFE reported. The agency stated that 3.6 million Nicaraguans were eligible to vote for 153 mayors and deputy-mayors and 6,534 municipal council members, with the position of the mayor of the capital Managua of particular interest. Competing were seven political parties and alliances including the ruling Sandinista Front of National Liberation (Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional, FSLN) led by President Daniel Ortega Saavedra. In 2008 pro-government parties won 109 of the 153 mayoral offices in polls the opposition claimed were fraudulent. It has already expressed its doubts about the impartiality of the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE), the election arbiter. The mayoress of Managua Daysi Torres was evidently hoping to retain her position and told the press on 20 September that "this is the start of our great victory, of that great victory of the people and the great victory of the FSLN. Another great victory we are going to attain." Torres was competing for Managua with the substitute legislator Alfredo Gutiérrez of the Independent Liberal Party (PLI) and businessman Eduardo Fonseca Fábregas of the Constitutional Liberal Party (PLC). No party held large rallies that day.

Mexican legislator "stabbed by wife," not mafia

Jaime Serrano Cedilla, the member of a Mexican state parliament stabbed to death on 17 September was apparently killed by his wife not gangsters as initially suspected, the website Infobae reported on 21 September, citing AFP. The Estado de México state judiciary declared that Serrano's wife stabbed him "with a kitchen knife" during a marital dispute "in which there was a lot of verbal and physical aggression," after examining evidence and declarations. Public concern following the killing in the district of Nezahualcóyotl - the constituency where Serrano lived and died - prompted the government to send troops and federal police in response to a perceived crime surge.