Mexico: Possibility that an escaped terrorism suspect could obtain a passport and depart from an international airport through bribery (1998)
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 July 1999|
|Citation / Document Symbol||MEX32346.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Mexico: Possibility that an escaped terrorism suspect could obtain a passport and depart from an international airport through bribery (1998), 1 July 1999, MEX32346.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6acff10.html [accessed 12 December 2013]|
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The Research Directorate cannot speculate on the possibility of events taking place; it can only provide accounts of events as reported in various publicly accessible sources.
Recent reports of corruption among security personnel at an international airport in Mexico can be found in Response MEX31278.E of 9 March 1999. The information provided therein is corroborated in the February 1999 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report of the United States Department of State, which states that "in August 1998, 14 enlisted personnel of the elite Airmobile Special Forces Groups (GAFES) assigned to the Mexico City airport were arrested on charges of drug trafficking and alien smuggling."
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
United States Department of State, Washington, DC. International Narcotics Control Strategy Report. February 1999. < http://www.state.gov/www/global/ narcotics_law/1998_narc_report/> [Accessed 21 July 1999]
Additional Sources Consulted
El Universal [Mexico City]. Internet Search Engine. 1998-99.
La Jornada [Mexico City]. Internet Search Engine. 1998-99.
Latin American Regional Reports: Mexico & NAFTA Report [London]. 1998-99.
Latinamerica Press [Lima]. 1998-99.
Mexico NewsPak [Austin, Tex.]. 1998-99.
Electronic sources: Internet, IRB Databases, Global NewsBank, Refworld, WNC.
Note: This list is not exhaustive. Country and subject-specific books available in the Resource Centre are not included.