miércoles, 17 de julio de 2013

Guatemala holds 10th suspect in police massacre, child traffickers

Guatemalan authorities detained on 16 July a 10th person suspected of having taken part in the massacre of nine policemen on and after 13 June, following the arrest of nine suspects days earlier, media reported. The detainee, a man dubbed the Butcher and said by authorities to belong to a gang calling itself the Gulf Cartel (Cartel del Golfo), was localised by intelligence agents and caught at a horse-riding event in the district of Chimaltenango west of Guatemala City, the daily Prensa Libre reported on 17 July. The gang was said to operate in the districts of La Mesilla and La Democracia in the western department of Huehuetenango; police were looking for more culprits. It was not immediately clear if the gang was related to Mexico's Gulf Cartel, though the daily observed citing the judiciary, that Mexico's Gulf, Sinaloa and Zetas cartels were competing for territorial control over the departments of Huehuetenango and Quetzaltenango by the Mexican frontier. Guatemala's Interior Minister Héctor Mauricio López Bonilla told the press on 16 July that the gangsters caught "appear not to be human beings. They are animals and I say so with all due respect to animals. This structure of drug traffickers are the most brutal we have known and responsible for various killings," the Interior Ministry reported. Separately, authorities detained on 16 July four men including the son of a Supreme Court magistrate suspected of running a teenage prostitution ring, Prensa Libre reported. The four were held in the district of Mazatenango in the department of Suchitepéquez between the capital and the Mexican frontier. Investigators believed the ring peddled the sexual services of youngsters aged between 13 and 17 years to clients including "doctors, engineers and members of parliament," the daily reported. One of the detained was identified as César Barrientos Aguirre, son of the Supreme Court judge César Barrientos Pellecer.