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Brazil Sentences 3 Military Police for Judge's Murder

Thursday, 31 January 2013 11:21 Published in News Briefs

A Brazilian judge gave three military police officers prison sentences of more than 20 years for the 2011 assassination of Rio de Janeiro Judge Patricia Acioli, who worked to prosecute illegal police militias operating in the city.

Mexico Investigates Mining Ties to Organized Crime

Monday, 28 January 2013 12:40 Published in News Briefs

Citing links to organized crime, the Attorney General's Office (PGR) in Mexico has frozen the accounts of 12 mining companies so far this year, underscoring how criminal groups may be moving to diversify their criminal portfolios.

Bolivia Dismantles Gun Trafficking Ring

Monday, 28 January 2013 09:02 Published in News Briefs

Bolivian authorities broke up a network suspected of smuggling guns from the United States to Brazil's First Capital Command (PCC) gang, highlighting this Andean nation's role as a transit route in the region's illicit arms trade.

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