martes, 27 de noviembre de 2012

Thefts affect "all" transport users in Tegucicalpa

A study on mobility compiled by Tegucicalpa's city government found that 100 per cent of some 700,000 or more users of public transport in the capital had been robbed or mugged at least once in 2012, and 80 per cent felt unsafe on public transport, El Heraldo reported on 26 November. The daily observed this was part of a recently expanding crime wave in the capital, in what is already considered a singularly crime-ridden country. The study found that 59 per cent of taxi passengers had been robbed at least once this year, while 48 per cent of bus users had been "assaulted" - presumably robbed with some use of force - at least once, with 10 per cent "more than three times." The study counted around 500,000 robberies on transport vehicles in the capital in 2012, which was less than 700,000 or so cited as the number of transport users; the majority of thefts had occurred on buses. These apparently continued unchecked in spite of authorities' promises this year to tackle crime and the introduction of security cameras last February. The daily observed it was not clear if anyone had been prosecuted or jailed using the evidence of camera pictures. It appeared also that an initiative begun in September or October to have troops on 20 bus routes in Tegucicalpa was faltering, and soldiers were now a rare sight; El Heraldo cited Rodrigo Varela, a resident of Tegucicalpa, as saying that "with luck" you would see a soldier or policeman on a bus once a week. The Security Minister Pompeyo Bonilla Reyes was reported as saying that public complaints should be investigated as the initiative was technically continuing.

Teenagers among recent murdered in Honduras

The bodies of four "young men" were found before dawn on 27 November near the National Stadium in northern Tegucicalpa, hours after they were kidnapped from hostels in the district of Comayagüela north of the city, the daily El Heraldo reported. The victims were apparently strangled to death; one was 14 years old. They were among seven individuals kidnapped by a group of men, some wearing police uniforms. The three other youngsters remained unfound. Police were investigating to determine whether or not the incident was related to the killing of three youngsters in Comayagüela a week before. El Heraldo reported at least eight other violent deaths around Honduras during 21-27 November, including: a Cuban national shot dead outside a mechanical workshop on 26 November near the northern town of El Progreso; a land activist from the MARCA association, shot at the bus station on 25 November in the northern port of Trujillo and three 17 year-old boys stabbed to death in separate incidents in Comayagüela on 24 November, and in the northern port of Cortés on 22 November.

Criminals murder six-year-old, 15 more around Mexico

The body of a six-year-old child who it appeared had been "tortured" and stabbed in the neck was found on the outskirts of Tijuana in the state of Baja California on 26 November; he was one of 16 presumed victims of crime that day around Mexico, the review Proceso reported. Other victims included: six people gunned down in a car early that day in Chihuahua, capital of the northern state of Chihuahua, and seven killed on 25-26 November around the state of Morelos south of Mexico City. Police separately raised to 20 so far the number of human remains found in graves discovered earlier on the edge of the northern city of Ciudad Juárez, while authorities were now talking of 15 not three holes in a site described as the "largest drug-cartel cemetary" (narco-cementerio) found so far in Ciudad Juárez, Milenio reported on 26 November. One hundred state agents were investigating the site, found with information given by US authorities, the state governor of Chihuahua César Duarte Jáquez said. A district police chief was separately arrested in northern Mexico on 26 November, and suspected of leading a criminal cell linked to the Zetas drug cartel, Proceso reported. The 30-year-old police chief of Arramberri in the state of Nuevo León and seven suspected collaborators including policemen were stopped by highways police while driving in two police cars in Doctor Arroyo, south of the state capital Monterrey. They were detained after seven rifles and ammunition were found in their cars; further investigations indicated them as suspected collaborators of The Zetas in the southern part of the state, the Public Security ministry declared in a communiqué.