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Mexico News- Mar.24

Posted by the Generals on March 24, 2011, 12:35 pm

Subject: Mexico News DAILY

LatinNews Daily - 24 March 2011
Mexico wants US officials extradited
Development: On 23 March Alejandro Poiré, a senior security official, let it be known that Mexico would seek to extradite US officials who had approved Operation Fast & Furious.
Significance: Fast & Furious was a US operation to allow arms dealers for Mexican gangs to buy assault rifles in the US and ship them to Mexico. Mexico’s decision to go for extraditions raises the stakes in the growing row between the US and Mexico over Fast & Furious. The US is highly unlikely to allow its officials to face Mexico’s courts, yet influential US Republican congressmen want Mexican citizens, accused of killing a US official on duty in Mexico, extradited to the US to face a legal process that could end in execution.
Key points:
•The statement that Mexico would seek extraditions came from the outgoing and the new chairmen of the joint security committee in Mexico’s congress, National Deputy Gustavo González and Senator René Arce respectively. They were reporting on a meeting they had with Alejandro Poiré, the technical secretary of the Consejo de Seguridad del Ejecutivo. The committee chairmen both said that the federal Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) was working on securing the extradition of the US officials.
•In Fast & Furious the idea was that US Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms & Explosives (ATF) agents would track the flow of weapons and then roll up the networks. Unfortunately, a lot of weapons were only retrieved when they had been used to kill people.
•The chairmen added that Poiré had confirmed to them that no Mexican official had known about Fast & Furious. In the US, the ATF was not working alone. Documents show that the ATF had conference calls with the Department of Homeland Security, US Marshals and the Drug Enforcement Administration. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent, officially answerable to the DHS was on the ATF's Fast & Furious team. This team was also advised by an Assistant US Attorney from the Justice Department.

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