jueves, 5 de diciembre de 2013

Mexican authorities detain cartel suspects, extortionists, find more burial ditches

Police found at least five bodies buried in two clandestine graves in the district of Zapopán in western Mexico, after interrogating four suspected killers detained on 28 November, the newspaper Milenio reported on 4 December. The review Proceso reported the graves as having yielded nine bodies. The suspects, identified as members of the drug cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación, were detained for their suspected role in the death of a 23-year-old man. The discovery followed the more dramatic find in November of a string of such graves near the frontier of the western states of Michoacán and Jalisco; media reported on 2 December that the graves had yielded at least 67 bodies, of presumed victims of criminal vendettas or murders. In the district of Morelia in Michoacán, authorities detained "over the weekend" 16 suspected members of the cartel Caballeros Templarios, said involved in presumed acts of extortion and attacks in 2012 on the food firm Sabritas, Milenio reported on 5 December. Authorities were cited as emphasising the role of prior intelligence work in the arrests. Milenio also reported the arrests of two suspected members of a gang thought to have extorted money from "at least 15 mayors" in the states of Michoacán and Guanajuato. The Michoacán police believed the gang's victims included the recently murdered mayor of Santa Ana Maya, a town north-east of the state capital Morelia. Police seized two handguns from the detained, and 700,000 pesos in cash, worth a little over USD 53,000, Proceso reported on 4 December.

Colombian troops detain guerrillas, collaborators

Police and the army detained between 12 and 17 collaborators of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) - many involved in logistical support and intelligence tasks - during undated raids in four districts of the central departments of Huila and Tolima, press and agencies reported on 3 and 4 December. One detainee was identified as having worked for the FARC for 20 years, gathering information and storing explosives for them, and another as the guerrilla dubbed El Viejo, charged with observing and reporting on troop movements and forcibly recruiting children and teenagers for the FARC, El Espectador reported, citing Spain's EFE agency. Another detainee was reportedly a former municipal or village councilman in the Huila department, a man dubbed Andrés, said to have provided the FARC with information on administrative contracts, allowing the FARC to extort money from contractors working with local government. EFE gave the number of detained as 12, while Bogotá's Radio Santa Fe reported 17 arrests, describing the detained as working for the FARC's Front 17. Police separately arrested in northern Colombia a member of the FARC's Front 35, already convicted and sought for his presumed role in the killing of the three teachers in 2005 and 2006, Radio Santa Fe reported on 4 December. The detainee, a man dubbed Rafa, was caught in the locality of Macayepo in the department of Bolívar; the teachers had been kidnapped and killed in the district of Ovejas in the northern department of Sucre. In the northern Norte de Santander department, a civilian was said killed as suspected FARC fighters began shooting at troops in a rural part of the district of Tibu, Caracol radio reported on 4 December. A resident of Tibu said there was shooting at police and troops every day, but the Government was keeping this quiet.