News Summary for October 6, 2010


++ A group of armed assailants gunned down five members of a family in the Tlalpan borough, in Mexico City. The murders occurred on the street. Mexico City Attorney General Miguel Ángel Mancera said the killings could be linked to drug dealing, since police found drugs on the spot where the murders occurred. Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said justice would be done in the case.

++ Mexican Navy troops arrested 17 suspected members of the Gulf Cartel in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. Ten of those arrested were municipal police agents in Río Bravo.

++ The U.S. Justice Department and the Attorney General’s Office signed two agreements to fight arms trafficking and money laundering through the border shared by both countries, so as to weaken criminal organizations.
In order to fight arms trafficking to Mexico, the U.S. government implemented an electronic system to trace alleged narcotics traffickers who buy a weapon in the United States.

++ A Federal Judicature Commissioner Jorge Moreno Collado defended the work done by federal judges and magistrates who set free public officials arrested in the so-called “Michoacán sweep” who had been accused of links to narcotics traffickers… The judges that set them free found insufficient evidence to keep them in prison… Attorney General Arturo Chávez lashed out at the rulings that allowed the Michoacán public servants to walk out of jail. But Moreno Collado said judges are not there to serve the powerful, nor political forces or groups within the political parties.

++ In an interview with Grupo Imagen, President Calderón denied that it was an error on the part of authorities to step out of the kidnapping of Diego Fernández de Cevallos, as requested by his relatives… He also said it was not a given that the PRI would regain the presidency…

++ Salvador Rocha, Grupo Iusacell’s legal representative, warned that the decision by the Communications and Transportation Secretariat to hand Nextel a concession on the 21 tender was not legal and could be revoked by the courts.