Latin America: Week in Review, Mexico

21 Mexican Federal Prosecutors Quit As Purge Continues

August 2, 2011 By Staff

Today in Latin America

Top Story— In the largest mass resignation in recent history 21 top federal prosecutors in Mexico left their posts, the country’s Attorney General’s Office announced Monday. While officials did not provide any explanation for the resignations, the news comes only a week after the department announced that 111 of its staff had been charged with crimes and 192 more were fired for botching cases. Among those leaving their jobs were the top federal prosecutors for Mexico City as well as prosecutors from drug war hotspots in the states of Durango, Tamaulipas and Sinaloa. “Mexico today requires that those of us performing public duties do so with complete dedication and responsibility,” said Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales, who started work in April vowing to clean-up the office and combat drug cartels.

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North America


  • The Central Intelligence Agency released secret papers Monday in Washington concerning the Bay of Pigs invasion, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Peter Kornbluh of the National Security Archive.
  • No new details on Cuba’s economic reforms emerged after the National Assembly’s meeting Monday, but head of state Raúl Castro said the government is working to change migratory rules that prohibit Cubans from leaving the island without permission.
  • A group of between 60 and 80 protesters pitched tents and laid down in the  middle of one of Port-au-Prince’s busiest streets Monday to protest the Haitian government’s efforts to push them from a private lot where they’ve lived since the 2010 earthquake.
  • Cervecera de Puerto Rico, the islands most important brewer, will launch a premium beer called Magna Special Craft, the company said Monday.
  • Tropical Storm Emily formed in the Caribbean Monday, prompting the area’s governments to issue warnings and watches.

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