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As US Prosecutes Foreign Crimes, How Far Can Its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Reach?

As US Prosecutes Foreign Crimes, How Far Can Its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Reach?

The sentencing of a Zetas cartel assassin in Texas is the latest example of US prosecutors applying extraterritorial jurisdiction to foreign nationals for crimes they committed abroad, and which on the surface do not directly affect the United States. But what are the limitations to the application of this powerful legal tool?

Rights Groups Plea for International Criminal Court Assessment of Coahuila, Mexico Case

Rights Groups Plea for International Criminal Court Assessment of Coahuila, Mexico Case

Human rights organizations in Mexico are calling for the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged crimes against humanity in the state of Coahuila, once again raising questions over the court's jurisdiction in cases of criminal violence and the impunity that surrounds it.

Mexico Ex-Governor Captured as PRI Tries to Clean Up Before Elections

Mexico Ex-Governor Captured as PRI Tries to Clean Up Before Elections

A former Mexican governor accused of ties with organized crime has been captured in Italy, a sign that Mexico's ruling PRI party could be trying to clean up its act ahead of presidential elections next year.

Violence in Veracruz as Cartels Adapt to New Political Dynamic

Violence in Veracruz as Cartels Adapt to New Political Dynamic

The new governor of the state of Veracruz in eastern Mexico is facing cartel wars and spiraling violence after succeeding the fugitive Javier Duarte. And the disruption to the government-organized crime nexus caused by the fall of Duarte is threatening to exacerbate the chaos.

Corruption, Oil Theft an Explosive Cocktail for Mexico State

Corruption, Oil Theft an Explosive Cocktail for Mexico State

Mexican authorities arrested local officials who they accused of aiding a criminal group's assassination of state investigators in the "Red Triangle," an area of the Puebla state that has become a battleground for control of the lucrative oil theft business.

The Zetas’ top leader is dead and the group is seemingly splitting into pieces, but they remain Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s biggest security challenge. In this context, InSight Crime delves into the battle for Mexico’s industrial capital, Monterrey, getting to the essence of a criminal gang that defies easy definition.