Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tens of thousands of Mexican prisoners languish incarcerated for years, without formal sentencing

Guadalajara -
The Mexican civil association Asilegal reported this week that over 43% of incarcerated prisoners across the Republic are being held in custody without the benefit of trial or formal sentencing, under so called "preventive detention" statutes.

In 14 of the nation's 32 entities, more than 50% of the incarcerated have yet to be sentenced for any crime. Those states include Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Durango, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Aguascalientes, Michoacán, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Tlaxcala, Tabasco and Quintana Roo.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Regional violence remains unabated in Michoacán, and spares no political party

Sicarios execute PRI municipal official

Guadalajara -
Mexico's embattled Michoacán state, a seedbed of organized crime activity for many years, was officially pacified in May. The Rural Defense Force, to the rescue in Michoacán. But yet than six weeks before, a prominent alcalde, or municipal government official, of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), was executed in broad daylight by sicarios - a narco execution squad. PAN national chair Gustavo Madero Muñoz responded, "There is no respect for life in Michoacán, nor a government".