Twenty-one police officers from drug infested Tijuana, across the border from the US state of California, were indicted on Sunday for collaborating with the notorious Tijuana drug cartel, the Attorney-General’s Office said.
Arrested in November, the 21 suspects — 19 municipal and two federal cops — have been charged with “organized crime and crimes against public health” in their dealings with the Tijuana cartel, the official said.
Meanwhile, in the north-central state of Chihuahua, bordering the US state of Texas, 11 people were slain in ongoing drug violence in the past 24 hours, police said.
Most visible were the execution-style killings of a 45-year-old man and his 15-year-old nephew who lived in the US and were visiting relatives in Ciudad Juarez, and a pair of youths riddled with bullets outside a bar in the same city.
The Mexican government has deployed more than 36,000 troops across the country as part of a clampdown on drug trafficking and related violence launched in early 2006.
Despite some high-profile arrests of cartel leaders and corrupt officials, more than 5,300 people died in drug-related attacks last year, more than double the previous year, according to official figures.
Nearly half the murder victims were slain in Chihuahua state.
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Reporters Without Borders has accused the Algerian government of taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to “settle scores” with independent journalists, including those covering long-running anti-government protests. In a statement signed with Algerian non-governmental organizations, the watchdog on Thursday called for the immediate release of its correspondent, Khaled Drareni, who has been in pretrial detention since Sunday after being charged with inciting an unarmed gathering and endangering national unity. Drareni has been arrested several times for covering the “Hirak” anti-government protests held in the capital, Algiers, every Friday since February last year. Imprisoning people during a pandemic is “an act of physical endangerment,”
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