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Former Spy Chief Arrested In Mexican 'Dirty War' Case

Miguel Nazar Haro, a onetime domestic spy chief implicated in the killings of government critics in the 1970s and 1980s, was arrested Wednesday evening as he drove to his doctor’s office, the first former official arrested for crimes committed during what was known as Mexico’s “dirty war.” The dramatic arrest, hailed by human rights activists, comes three years after President Vicente Fox took office promising to punish officials responsible for the torture and disappearance of hundreds of student activists and anti-government guerrillas. Nazar Haro was seized as Fox’s chief prosecutor was under increased pressure to show results in his investigations of dirty-war cases. Nazar Haro, 80, who has denied the charges against him, is accused of not only ordering numerous murders but also directly participating in torture. As former director of the now disbanded Federal Security Directorate, he was once named in an FBI cable as an “essential contact” for the CIA in Mexico City. He is also wanted in the United States on 1982 charges involving a car theft ring. Full Story

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