Archive: Apr 2016

El Salvador Mayors Arrested in Emblematic Corruption Case

EL SALVADOR / 29 APR 2016

Authorities in El Salvador captured two current mayors and over a dozen other suspects for awarding government contracts in exchange for personal kickbacks, an emblematic case of how corruption networks…

MS13 Bankrolled Honduras Mayor's Political Campaign: Report

29 APR 2016

The MS13 reportedly financed a mayor's political campaign in Honduras and planned to back his bid for a congressional seat, an indication the gang is becoming more politically ambitious as…

Drug Traffickers Laundered $250 Million in 2015: Peru Official

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 28 APR 2016

A top government official in Peru said drug trafficking organizations laundered $250 million last year, while Peruvian and US authorities highlighted the key role other illegal economies such as illegal mining…

Mexico Senate Unanimously Approves Prison Reforms

MEXICO / 28 APR 2016

Mexico's senate has unanimously approved a wide-ranging prison reform bill, but it's unclear if these measures will be enough to revamp a penitentiary system badly in need of improvement. …

Judge Finds Probable Cause For Taking El Salvador Businessman's Aircraft

EL SALVADOR / 28 APR 2016

A judge in Florida has found probable cause for forfeiture proceedings involving four aircraft linked to influential El Salvador businessman José Enrique Rais following an initial investigation by local law…

Figures Show Violence in Mexico Rising and Spreading

HOMICIDES / 28 APR 2016

Data compiled by a Mexican civil society group confirms a disturbing trend noted in Mexico in recent months -- violence is not only rising sharply it is also spreading to…

Attempted Thefts from Uruguay Military Arsenal Raise Concerns

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 27 APR 2016

A rise in attempted arms thefts from Uruguay's military barracks in 2016 has sparked debate over the criminal nature of the perpetrators involved, and again drawn attention to the country's…

Honduras Transport Companies Complicit in Extortion Schemes

BARRIO 18 / 27 APR 2016

Police in Honduras say transportation operators are often complicit in the extortion rings that exploit their own drivers, showing how the range of actors involved in these schemes extends beyond…

Four Questions About the '5th Bus' in Case of Mexico's Missing 43

GUERREROS UNIDOS / 27 APR 2016

The final report released by the panel of international experts charged with investigating the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico at the hands of a criminal organization reiterates a little-discussed…

Does Reality Match Perception of Rising Crime in Argentina?

ARGENTINA / 27 APR 2016

Argentina released official crime statistics for the first time in eight years, and the numbers suggest that growing alarm among Argentines over increased crime and drug trafficking may be premature.

Prominent El Salvador Businessman Tied to Suspected Drug Planes

EL SALVADOR / 26 APR 2016

The Martin County Sheriff's Office in Florida has filed a probable cause petition asking a judge to ratify the forfeiture of four aircraft authorities say belong to the prominent El…

El Salvador Police Accused of Two Extrajudicial Massacres

EL SALVADOR / 26 APR 2016

El Salvador's Inspector General for Human Rights has accused police and soldiers of committing extrajudicial executions in two massacres last year, a blow to law enforcement's credibility as the country…

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InSight Crime Tackles Illegal Fishing

15 OCT 2021

In October, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) began a year-long project on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in…

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InSight Crime Featured in Handbook for Reporting on Organized Crime

8 OCT 2021

In late September, the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an excerpt of its forthcoming guide on reporting organized crime in Indonesia.

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Probing Organized Crime in Haiti

1 OCT 2021

InSight Crime has made it a priority to investigate organized crime in Haiti, where an impotent state is reeling after the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, coupled with an…

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Emergency First Aid in Hostile Environments

24 SEP 2021

At InSight Crime's annual treat, we ramped up hostile environment and emergency first aid training for our 40-member staff, many of whom conduct on-the-ground investigations in dangerous corners of the region.

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Series on Environmental Crime in the Amazon Generates Headlines

17 SEP 2021

InSight Crime and the Igarapé Institute have been delighted at the response to our joint investigation into environmental crimes in the Colombian Amazon. Coverage of our chapters dedicated to illegal mining…