lunes, 31 de marzo de 2014

Mexico Police hold 12 kidnappers, "thugs" said operating in capital

Mexican Federal Police detained 12 suspected kidnappers sought also for murders, in undated raids in the state of Morelos south of the capital, Milenio newspaper reported on 31 March. The suspects were thought to constitute a gang engaged in kidnappings, drug trafficking and murders in the districts of Cuernavaca and Jiutepec, the Morelos state judiciary declared. Two of the detained were identified as heads of the gang, which was not named. It was not immediately clear if the arrests were related to those of four extortionists detained in Morelos on 27 March. The daily reported the same day that "ten or so" gangs of thugs were thought to be working in Mexico City and the neighbouring state of Estado de México, suspected of serving businesses using them to beat striking workers or of extorting money independently. The capital's prosecution service (Procuraduría General de Justicia del Distrito Federal) was for some time compiling information on the groups. It observed that their activities included forcing businesses without deals with unions to sign collective contracts on behalf of its workers with the gang as "union;" they were effectively extortion rackets parading as labour groups. The groups consisted variously of relatives of their leaders and ruffians hired in the capital's outlying districts or in Estado de Mexico. While some seemed linked to larger drug cartels, one gang leader was cited as claiming to enjoy political backing. Milenio cited the leader of the Chiquiticos gang as saying he had the "support" of Cristina Díaz head of the National Confederation of Popular Organizations (CNOP), affiliated to the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party.

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