domingo, 10 de marzo de 2013

Tourism head shot, election officer kidnapped in Mexico

The Tourism Secretary for the western state of Jalisco and a councilman of the Iguala municipality south-west of Mexico City were among recent crime-related fatalities reported in Mexico, while an election officer was reported kidnapped in the north-eastern city of Nuevo Laredo on 9 March. The councillor from Iguala in Guerrero, Justino Carvajal Salgado, was found shot dead on a staircase in his house, Proceso reported, while the tourism chief for Jalisco was gunned down while driving in Zapopan on 9 March, nine days after taking office, Proceso also reported. The election officer Ramiro Garay Medina was kidnapped at a meeting in Nuevo Laredo in the state of Tamaulipas, Proceso reported; local politicians had complained that criminals were pressuring political groups to dissuade them from standing in state elections scheduled for 7 July, the review stated. Residents of Tamaulipas are to vote then for municipal officials and members of the state legislature. Five men were separately found dead on 8 March, three of them dismembered and hanging from a bridge in the district of Saltillo in the northern state of Coahuila, Proceso reported; an unspecified message presumably left by a gang or one of the cartels was found at the site, it added. The daily Excelsior reported three killings in the north-central city of San Luis Potosí on 9 March, in two different attacks. The Mexican interior ministry (Gobernación) reported in turn that there had been 3,157 registered victims of killings in the first three months of the government of Enrique Peña Nieto, which began on 1 December 2012. The ministry stated that 914 registered homicides in February made that the least murderous of the preceding 40 months, Proceso reported on 8 March. The figures were compiled by the National Centre for Planning, Analysis and Information to Fight Crime (Centro Nacional de Planeación, Análisis e Información para el Combate a la Delincuencia - CENAPI), dependent on the Mexican Prosecutor-General's office.