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Official Finds Flaws in Mexican Murder Probe

A federal special prosecutor reviewing hundreds of murders of women in Ciudad Juarez over the past decade said Thursday that investigations into the crimes had been hampered by “grave deficiencies” on the part of local police. The special prosecutor, Maria Lopez Urbina, said that after reviewing files in 50 of the cases, she had recommended that the Chihuahua state attorney general investigate 81 current and past Ciudad Juarez police officials for possible negligence. More than 300 women have been murdered in Ciudad Juarez since the early 1990s, and human rights activists say that about 100 of them were raped and murdered in what appear to be serial killings. Rights groups around the world have protested the government’s inability to solve the murders, and activists say that Ciudad Juarez has become a symbol, raising doubts about President Vicente Fox’s commitment to improving Mexico’s record on human rights. Full Story

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