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Saturday November 10, 2012

Blog del Narco: 1 in 10 Judges Require Special Security from Cartel Threats

Blog del Narco: 1 in 10 Judges Require Special Security from Cartel Threats

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In Mexico, approximately one in 10 judges are protected by special security measures, according to information from the Federal Council of the Judiciary (CFJ).

In a document released in response to requests for transparency, CFJ revealed that 98 federal judges who have been responsible for crimes related litigation have received special security measures, according to information from the Federal Council of the Judiciary (CFJ).

In Mexico there are 906 judges at the federal level, according to official figures, so it follows that just over 10% have been threatened for bringing processes related to drug crimes and organized crime.

The CFJ also explained that 78 judges and magistrates have armored vehicles and 20 are assigned bodyguards: 12 have bodyguards assigned by the Judicial Power of the Federation and eight by the Attorney General’s Office (PGR).

On Monday, November 5, the president of the Supreme Court of Mexico, Juan Silva Meza, revealed that high levels of violence have occur in the country, as a result of the fight against organized crime, have forced the Judiciary to implement special security measures for judges and magistrates who have been threatened.

“The work of the judges themselves, at this time, is very complicated. It is very difficult for the judges to work in this situation. “Said Silva Meza, who also chairs the CFJ.

According to information from CFJ, 10 states are listed as those were special security is essential for the judges safety:
• Nuevo Leon
• Chihuahua
• Tamaulipas
• Coahuila
• Veracruz
• Michoacán
• Sinaloa
• Warrior
• Nayarit
• Morelos
During a press conference, Silva Meza said that while previous administrations also tried cases involving major drug lords, the current situation is much worse.

“Now there is violence, now there is a lot of violence,” he added.

Read more in Spanish at Blog del Narco