martes, 8 de octubre de 2013

Over 105,000 "kidnappings" in Mexico in 2012, "very few" crimes investigated

Mexico's state statistical agency INEGI revealed in a poll issued on 1 October that there were almost 106,000 kidnapping "situations" in Mexico in 2012 - apparently more than all kidnappings reported in the world - 92 per cent of which were not even reported for fear or public distrust of police authorities, media reported. The Instituto Nacional de Estatística y Geografia compiled its "irrefutable" figure of 105,682 kidnappings in various forms in the 2013 Poll on Victimisation and Public Security Perceptions (Encuesta Nacional de Victimización y Percepción sobre Seguridad Pública, ENVIPE), after inquiring with adults members of 95,000 households. The poll found that only 1,317 kidnappings were reported and registered with the Public Ministry or state prosecution service, the daily Milenio reported on 7 October. The figure included "express" kidnappings, but apparently not the 4,007 "forced disappearances" attributed to state agents. Eighty two per cent of those were also not reported nor investigated, the website Animal Político reported on 1 October, citing highlights of the report. Certain INEGI directors clarified when speaking to Milenio television's En 15 programme, that the report was not a count of a strictly-defined criminal category but of "victimisation situations" or a range of incidents respondents had qualified as kidnappings; they included express kidnappings where victims were freed within hours, after being robbed. The report also counted 25,583 homicides in Mexico in 2012, 3,855 more than figures given by the SNSP, an interior ministry agency, Animal Político reported. The report contrasted the figure of 1,702,000 investigations initiated into crimes and lesser offences with the 27,769,000 crimes and offences said to have occurred in 2012. The website observed thus that the state had investigated six percent of all offences in 2012, and that in 94 per cent of its investigations found no culprit.

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