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Suspected robber lynched by mob in southeastern Mexico

San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico, Jan 21 (EFE).- Residents lynched a suspected thief in Plaza Yochib, a Tzeltal Indian community in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas, officials said. The incident occurred on Sunday, when residents from several communities chased and detained Benito Gomez Lopez and Jose Alfredo Guzman Luna for allegedly robbing two area merchants, the Chiapas Attorney General's Office said. Gomez Lopez was killed and Guzman Luna was turned over to authorities by villagers.

Mexican president pardons indigenous teacher

Mexico's president pardoned on Thursday an indigenous teacher whose murder trial was denounced by rights groups as a symbol of the injustices that the native population faces. President Enrique Pena Nieto ordered the "immediate release" of Alberto Patishtan Gomez, 42, who served 13 years for the killing of seven police officers in southern Chiapas state, said Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong. Pena Nieto freed Patishtan under a new law, approved by Congress this week, which allows the president to pardon prisoners whose human rights were violated.

Mexican president to pardon jailed indigenous leader

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Tuesday he will pardon an indigenous leader serving a 60 year jail term for homicide in a case that became emblematic of mistreatment of minorities. Alberto Patishtan, 41, will be pardoned under a reform of the penal code that allows such leniency in cases when it deems a convicted person's human rights have been violated. Patishtan and supporters insist he did not get a fair trial over the 2000 killings of seven police officers in an ambush in Chiapas state.

Guatemalan accused of cop killings detained in Mexico

Mexican police arrested on Friday an alleged Guatemalan drug capo accused of being behind the massacre of nine police officers in his home country last June, officials said. Eduardo Villatoro, nicknamed "Guayo," was captured in the southern Chiapas state town of Tuxtla Gutierrez along with a member of his gang named Edgar Waldiny Herrera Villatoro, Guatemalan authorities said. "The capture concludes a successful operation following the massacre of the police officers, and this gang has been broken up," Guatemalan President Otto Perez told reporters.

Refusal to re-open Mexican Indian's murder case sparks condemnation

Mexico City, Sep 14 (EFE).- Non-governmental organizations, political leaders and the attorney for Mexican Indian Alberto Patishtan, who was convicted of killing several police officers and sentenced to 60 years in prison, slammed a court's refusal to re-open the murder case.

Authorities detain 50 CentAm, 6 Cuban migrants in Mexico

Mexico City, Aug 7 (EFE).- Authorities detained 50 Central American and six Cuban migrants in three operations in the southern state of Chiapas and the western state of Jalisco, the National Migration Institute, or INM, said. Three suspected people traffickers were arrested in one of the operations, the INM said in a statement. Five of the migrants are children, the agency said. Of the Central Americans, 23 are from Guatemala, 22 are from Honduras and five are from El Salvador.

Authorities rescue 38 migrants in Mexico

San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico, Aug 6 (EFE).- Authorities rescued 38 Central American migrants who were being sexually exploited in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas, the National Migration Institute, or INM, said. The migrants - 36 women and two men - are from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua, the INM said in a statement. Authorities staged operations targeting six bars in the city of Tapachula and four in Benemerito de Las Americas, arresting two suspected people traffickers.

Mexico investigates case of minor humiliated by gov't official

Mexico City, Jul 27 (EFE).- Mexico's National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, said it was investigating the case of a Tzotzil Indian boy who was "insulted" by an official in the southeastern state of Tabasco and which has sparked indignation across the country after the airing of a video that captured the incident.

Fossil of fish that lived 90 million years ago found in Mexico

San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico, Jul 25 (EFE).- The fossil of a fish that lived 90 million years ago has been found in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, scientists said. The fossil, which is that of a new genus, was discovered in El Chango, a town outside the city of Ocozocuautla, Chiapas Paleontology Museum director Marco Antonio Coutiño said.

U.S. court rejects suit against Mexico's Zedillo over massacre

New York, Jul 19 (EFE).- A federal judge in Connecticut dismissed a suit brought against former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo over a 1997 massacre. The plaintiffs can appeal the ruling by U.S. District Judge Michael Shea. The law firm of Rafferty, Kobert, Tenenholtz, Bounds & Hess filed the $50 million suit in 2011 on behalf of a dozen unnamed relatives of victims of the Acteal massacre.
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