Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 8:28 am
A Mexican court has thrown out the conviction of infamous drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, 28 years after he was convicted and imprisoned for the 1985 kidnapping and murder of U.S. DEA agent Enrique Camarena.
Quintero had been serving a 40-year sentence for torturing and killing Camarena, but the court voided the sentence on a technicality â€” saying he should have been tried in a state court instead of the federal court where he was convicted.
The last time I spoke with former Guatemalan strongman EfraĂn RĂos Montt, in 2003, he was running (unsuccessfully, thank God) for Presidentâ€”and he was delusional as ever.
Every bit as unhinged from reality as heâ€™d been two decades before, during the darkest days of Guatemalaâ€™s 36-year-long civil war, when as military dictator from 1982-83, he led a â€śscorched earthâ€ť campaign that killed thousands of mostly indigenous Maya peasants.