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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Weak Enforcement of Citing Vehicles without plates (opinion)

eluniverso.com (opinion) (machine translated)

Vehicles without license plates public safety risk

It is easy to see them in the exclusive lanes of the Metrovía or on fast roads such as the Narcisa de Jesús Highway or the Perimetral road, places where radars are installed to check that the provisions are met Legal and that they manage to deceive with the absence of plates, which prevents their identification.

The rule indicates that vehicles can not leave the dealerships without the corresponding plates, so there is no excuse. The explanation is undoubtedly that those who drive them take the plates, and it is not risky to suppose that they do not to be identified if they break the law, putting at risk their lives and others.

The control must be permanent and the fines, applied without excuses, as the consequences of disrespect to the law can be very serious.

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Citizens must demand that members of the Municipal Transit Authority do their duty, but we must comply with ours. Without such cooperation there will be no orderly traffic in the city and some tragedies could occur. Read Article

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Guayaquil Ecuador: General crime down over the election weekend, but three murders recorded

eluniverso.com (machine translated) reported Guayaquil registered a low level of citizen insecurity on the weekend of elections, in terms of common crimes. However, there were three violent deaths in the north and south of the city. “There have been no reported incidents of robberies, thefts or property crimes here at this Unit during the elections. […]

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Ecuador: Man Arrested at Voting Polls for alleged rape of minor in 2014

Eluniverso.com (machine translated) reported Ruddy G., 43, was arrested last Sunday in El Carmen, Manabí, after he exercised his right to vote. He was wanted by the police within an investigation of sexual abuse on a warrant. The crime would have been committed in 2014. The victim was then 11 years old. Within the judicial […]

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Colombia: Violence spreading in areas abandoned by guerrillas

The Guardian -guardian.com/ Violence is spreading particularly fast in areas abandoned by guerrillas under the peace deal because the promised state security forces have not arrived. There is little clarity about who is behind the killings, but areas once held by guerrillas are often places where illegal mining or farming of coca – the raw […]

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Haiti Prison, HELL ON EARTH, some waiting up to eight years for trial

dailymail.co.uk reported dozens of emaciated men with sunken cheeks and protruding ribs lie silently in an infirmary at Haiti’s largest prison, most too weak to stand. The corpse of an inmate who died miserably of malnutrition is shrouded beneath a plastic tarp. Elsewhere, prisoners are crammed shoulder-to-shoulder in cellblocks so overcrowded they have to sleep […]

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Colombia: As FARC demobilizes, many feel unprotected as other criminal groups move in

bbc.com reported officials said people are fleeing because illegal armed groups are trying to take over the mining and cocaine trade which had provided the Farc with an income. Norte de Santander has emerged as the country’s main hub for coca cultivation. Last week peasant farmer organisations in the region around Catatumbo blocked the demobilisation […]

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Dominican Republic: Two Journalists Shot Dead During Live Facebook Broadcast

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK Two journalists killed during Facebook Live broadcast aljazeera.com reported attackers burst into the studio and shot the presenter mid-broadcast, a shooting that was also caught on Facebook live. Police in the Dominican Republic have arrested three men after two radio journalists were shot dead during a Facebook […]

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Quito Ecuador: Post Office Evacuated in north of city, BOMB THREAT

Isabel Alarcón (I) The morning of this Thursday, February 16, 2017, a bomb threat was registered at the Correos del Ecuador facility, located on United Nations and Japan Avenue, in the north of Quito . The alleged explosive device would be located in the parking lot of the place. At the moment are the specialized […]

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Ecuador: Head of National Assembly received lethal explosive device in mail

telesurtv.net reporte: SURVIVES ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT Gabriela Rivadeneira has been sent an explosive device. Gabriela Rivadeneira, the head of the Ecuadorean National Assembly, announced Wednesday that she was sent a lethal explosive device in the mail. “Today I received in my office an envelope addressed to me with a CD that turned out to be a […]

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Colombia: Six Ecuadorians detained with 1.5 tons cocaine, allegedly linked to dissidents from FARC

Six Ecuadorians detained in southern Colombia with 1.5 tons of cocaine eluniverso.com reported Colombian agents seized 1.5 tons of cocaine and arrested six Ecuadorians allegedly linked to dissidents from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s defense minister said Wednesday. THINKING OF MOVING TO ECUADOR – THIS IS ONE BOOK THAT IS A […]

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Ecuador: 16 of 18 defendants guilty in Petroecuador bribery,corruption case

elcomercio.com reported that a criminal court found 16 of 18 defendants in the Petroecuador bribery, corruption scandal guilty. Ten of the defendants were sentenced to five years in prison. They include former officials Carlos Pareja Yannuzzelli, Álex Bravo, Paquita de Mora and Arturo Escobar. The ten must pay $25 million in reparations. In addition six […]

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Acapulco Mexico: U.S. Man and Mexican woman found dead, strangulation suspected

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK ACAPULCO, Feb 10 (Reuters/dailymail.co.uk) – An American man and a Mexican woman were found murdered in an apartment in the resort city of Acapulco, authorities in the southwestern state of Guerrero said on Friday. The bodies of Stanley Enders, 70, and Nora Valdez, 65, bore marks of […]

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Paraguay: 25 Tons of Venezuelan Bills(currency) found in home

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK Paraguayan police found some 25 tons of Venezuelan bills (currency) hidden in bags in a house in the city of Saltos del Guaira, on the border with Brazil. Banknotes of different denominations were stacked in large sacks against a wall of property owned by a well-known arms […]

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Ecuador: Criminal Assailants of Armored Cash Vehicles better armed than guards, police

vía Quito – Lago Agrio extremely vulnerable to attack on armored trucks carrying cash Assailants Using AK 47′s, sub-machine guns, dynamite, military style weapons Attacks against armored trucks are well thought out and sophisticated in nature. Attacks similar to some assaults in Colombia and Peru Police at disadvantage Javier Ortega. Editor/elcomercio.com (machine translated) The Police […]

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Samanes, Ecuador: Interprovincial bus assaulted by armed gunmen and gunwomen

Two Women Detained in holdup. Assault happened at 2:00 AM/ On Route from Guayaquil to Chone / No Injuries/Tried to Escape through the sewer/flood pipelines. eluniverso.com (Machine Translated) Three men and two women who were aboard the Reina del Camino interprovincial transport bus stormed yesterday morning to the passengers of the vehicle while driving along […]

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Ecuador: Newspaper victim of hacked Twitter accounts

eldiario.ec reported that Diario El Comercio (newspaper) reported that two of its accounts on the social network Twitter were hacked. The announcement was made by the media through the same social network, last night, February 12, 2017. The national newspaper indicated that the accounts violated were from the magazine Líderes and Deportes de El Comercio. […]

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Argentina: Adolescent kills infant with shovel after baby breaks cellphone

TEENAGER BLUDGEONS TO DEATH BABY AFTER INFANT THROWS CELL PHONE TO THE GROUND eldiario.ec reported… The incident occurred in the Argentine province of Santiago del Estero, when, according to his own confession, the young man hit the girl with a shovel. “I grabbed her by the feet and kicked her because she threw my cell […]

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Ecuador: President to send reform banning use of drugs in public spaces

ambito.com reported Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced that he will send a reform to the National Assembly (Parliament) to ban drug use on public roads , and stressed that this impediment should have already been applied to municipalities, just as they do With alcohol intake. “Drug use is not a judicial problem ,” Correa said […]

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Ecuador: Bank Inside Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Passport Office Robbed

ASSAILANTS STORMED THE BANK, HIGHLY ARMED, PASSED THEMSELVES OFF AS MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIR’S EMPLOYEES, NEARLY 50,000 US DOLLARS STOLEN eluniverso.com reported that shortly before the amounts are collected by a armored vehicle and near the closing hour of a BanEcuador branch windows in the interior of Guayaquil Zonal Government, between five to eight criminals […]

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Salinas Ecuador: Canadian expats file criminal complaint against U.S. expat for theft

U.S. expat allegedly steals expensive construction equipment from Canadian expats. facebook.com/SuperPeninsular reported Eldo Concari an attorney for Canadian expats in Ecuador has filed criminal charges with the prosecutors office in Salinas. The Canadians allege an expat from the U.S. living in Ecuador was left in charge of some expensive construction equipment and stole said equipment. […]

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Monjas Quito Ecuador: Police find arsenal of weapons on domestic violence call

Rifles, pistols and ammunition were found in Monjas Former Military member had no permission for weapons lahora.com.ec Thursday, February 9, 2017 The urban service police went to the Monjas sector to deal with alleged domestic violence and found an arsenal of weapons. The police of urban service went to the sector of Monjas, center of […]

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El Salvador: Television personality accused of drug trafficking with Ecuador connection

Salvadoran speaker traffics drugs from Ecuador eluniverso.com/AP (machine translated) The Salvadoran Public Prosecutor’s Office yesterday accused Pamela Posada, a 26-year-old publicist and television presenter, of conspiring for international drug trafficking. Along with Posada, another 28 people identified as belonging to an international drug trafficking network linked to the Sinaloa Mexican cartel were arrested during an […]

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Fileless Computer Attacks Seen in Ecuador, Hard to Detect

The attacks used Windows utilities and open-source tools instead of easily detectable malware programs cio.com/By Lucian Constantin reported: Using its sensor network, Kaspersky found similar PowerShell scripts inside the registry of computers from around 100 other enterprise networks worldwide. The U.S., France, Ecuador, Kenya and the U.K. are the countries with the largest number of […]

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Cayambe, Ecuador: Man detained with 1,700 capsules of heroin

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 lahora.com.ec reported man detained for transporting 1,700 capsules of heroin, in Cayambe, Manolo J. was yesterday with an order of preventive custody for the alleged crime of drug trafficking. In a hearing of qualification of flagrancy, developed in the Judicial Criminal Unit of Cayambe, the prosecutor Jose Cevallos reported that last […]

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Quitumbe Ecuador: Increase in assaults robberies by assailants on motorcycles

South of Quito, some assailants are using fake pistols and knives in their assaults. Assailants often work in a group of two individuals on a motorcycle. They often use fake or tamptered vehicle plates to throw off authorities. The constant robbery of people registered in Quitumbe forced the police of that jurisdiction to change the […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Brawl at Soccer Match leaves 40 fans injured

thesun.co.ukBARCELONA saw their match abandoned yesterday after violence in the stands left 40 fans injured in Ecuador. A fight broke out after 11 minutes between different factions of the club’s ultras, Sur Oscura, which Ecuador’s Ministry of Communication says left seven supporters with serious injuries. The national champions, whose badge looks strikingly similar to that […]

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Pascuales Ecuador: Some victims of Express Kidnappings being released near bus station

Abandon victims of highway robbery Terminal Terrestre-Pascuales eluniverso.com reported the Terminal Terrestre-Pascuales highway has become the last stop in cases of express abduction that have been committed in Guayaquil. Two weeks ago, a driver who was intercepted by motorcyclists was abandoned, handcuffed, near an Interagua pumping station. The guys took the car. The victim of […]

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Latin America key center for Hezbollah’s global financial network (observations, opinion)

Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has established a criminal and financial network across the region, and while the US has taken steps to disrupt these resources in the past, more needs to be done. csmonitor.com/Emanuele Ottolenghi February 3, 2017 —This piece was submitted in response to Christopher Sabatini’s article considering the Islamist threat in Latin America. […]

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Boliva: Two police detained in smuggling of foreing women for prostitution case

lahora.com.ec/EFE reported A Bolivian court ordered the arrest of two police officers accused of complicity in trafficking in foreigners for a case linked to a La Paz brothel denounced and demolished in September last year, the prosecutor’s office said. The police, imprisoned in pre-trial detention, are Jacinto FG and Freddy AM and face charges of […]

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Argentina: La Gitana, suspected woman from Brazil detained for virtual kidnappings

Argentine police detained a Brazilian woman known as “La Gitana”, who was on the run, had a warrant for her capture and is accused of leading a gang that carried out “virtual abductions” (telephone extortion) in Lanús, Buenos Aires, Official sources. Buenos Aires, Jan 20 (EFE) .- The Argentine police detained a Brazilian woman known […]

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Chile: Virtual Kidnappings a Continuing Problem

EFE/lahora.com.ec The Chilean National Police and the Investigation Police (PDI) met to study the creation of a group specialized in the fight against virtual abductions, after detecting that this crime was rebounding in the last week, official sources said today. “They are phone calls made by a prisoner from a penitentiary in Chile, they search […]

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Sonoita Arizona: Human Smugglers Stopped bringing in Mexican Nationals

cbp.gov/ Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents stopped two human smuggling attempts this week while conducting immigration checkpoint operations on State Route 83 near Sonoita. A U.S. citizen driving a 2001 Saturn Ion sped through the immigration checkpoint Tuesday, prompting agents to pursue the car a short distance before the driver pulled over. During a search […]

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U.S. Border: Woman detained after trying to bring in boatload of pot

cbp.gov / U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville arrested a 31-year-old Phoenix woman Tuesday for an alleged attempt to smuggle close to $180,000 worth of marijuana into the United States. INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to the presence of bundles […]

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U.S. Expat in Cuenca Ecuador Arrested for Attempted Murder in U.S., extradited

Correction: Latinamericacurrentevents.com originally titled this aggregated article as the expat was arrested for murder. That is incorrect according to the article. The expat was detained on attempted murder in the first degree as well as other charges. Suspect used several aliases, was well-known in the U.S. expats communities in Cuenca as well as on the […]

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Montañita, Ecuador: Enchanced Police Intervention to Combat Insecurity

INCREASED POLICE INTERVENTION IN MONTANITA/WILL BE REVIEWED IN SIX-MONTHS 0ecuavisa.com reported this Thursday, February 2, 2017 begins in Montañita the intervention prepared by the authorities in security, mainly for the subject of micro-traffic, robberies and other crimes that have been registered in the resort of the province of Santa Elena. It happens a year after […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Robbers targeting drivers while in traffic when exiting Santa Ana tunnel

eluniverso.com reported the robberies in the midst of intense traffic were presented again last Monday night with drivers leaving the tunnel taking Pedro Menendez Avenue. That day, in addition, the congestion was intensified by the intense rain of the night and the damage in a car. At the end of last year, the manager of […]

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Manabi Ecuador: Argument over changing music at party results in stabbing death

eldiario.ec(machine translated) The tragic event was registered at the site San Pablo de Rio de Oro, El Carmen, yesterday at approximately 05h00, reports the agents. The relatives of the victim told the police that the crime was raised in the house of Patricia Romero, mother of the victim, when a dance was taking place. Relatives […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Theft of Water Meters Increases

Increases in theft of water meters elmercurio.com.ec reported in 60% in relation to the previous year, it increased in the Municipal Company of Telecommunications, Drinking Water, Sewage and Sanitation (ETAPA EP) the citizens’ complaints for the theft of drinking water meters. In the year 2016, an average of three to four complaints per month were […]

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Guayas Province Ecuador: 1 – 8 cases a day reported of missing persons

Most cases of missing individuals are adolescents – eluniverso.com reported…Margarita, André, Josué, Juana, Genesis are names of people who were reported missing last week at the Flagrant Unit of the Guayas Public Prosecutor’s Office in the Albán Borja Mall, located in northern Guayaquil. There are four prosecutors in the Administrative Actions Unit, which is the […]

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Ecuador: Bus travelling from Cuenca to Guayaquil Assaulted by gunmen

One of the assailants detained / Assault took place in Cascajal / Bus Compnay Express Sucre NO SECURITY CAMERAS ON BOARD eluniiverso.com reported police recovered wallets, suitcases, cell phones, perfumes, among other belongings of passengers of a bus of the cooperative Express Sucre, that were assaulted after 23:00 of Saturday 28, after two assailants in […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Nine Arrested linked to two robberies of businesses

9 arrested in Cuenca allegedly linked to two robberies Cuenca Ecuador eluniverso.com reported nine people allegedly linked to two robberies were arrested in an operation in Cuenca. One of the premises assaulted is a business of chickens, and the other a pharmacy located in the avenue of the Americas. The arrests were recorded with the […]

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U.S.,Mexico: Group charged in $100 million money laundering scheme

ICE.GOV – October 2016 6 charged for role in $100 million international money laundering scheme NEWARK, N.J. – Six individuals were charged with international money laundering and wire fraud as well as conspiracies to commit these same offenses Monday, following a multi-agency investigation, which included U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations and […]

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U.S.: Businessmen, foreign officials plead guilty bribery case involving Mexican Aviation Officers

12/28/2016 ICE.GOV 4 businessman, 2 foreign officials plead guilty in connection with bribes paid to Mexican aviation officials HOUSTON – Charges have been unsealed against six individuals, all of whom have pleaded guilty for their involvement in schemes to bribe Mexican officials to secure aircraft maintenance and repair contracts with government-owned and controlled entities. Two […]

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U.S.: Brazilian national arrested, 20 million dolalrs hidden in box spring, pyramid scheme

JUSTICE.GOV FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 5, 2017 Agents Seize Approximately $20 Million and Arrest Brazilian National in Scheme to Launder TelexFree Funds BOSTON –Approximately $20 million in cash hidden inside a box spring in a Westborough, Mass. apartment, was seized late yesterday, and a Brazilian man was arrested in connection with conspiring to launder […]

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Ecuador: Abducted Soldiers released by irrregular group in mining conflict

Ecuador Indigenous Group Releases Soldiers Abducted in Mining Conflict telesurtv.net reported … “Freedom and dignity of people are not negotiable, and in Ecuador no one is above the law,” said Ecuador’s Defense Ministry. Two soldiers who were abducted by an irregular group in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador were released on Saturday in the midst […]

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Cotacachi, Ecuador: Burglary of Expat’s residence reported

Source: FB expat group – name of victim not used. I am writing this to let folks know that sometimes what you believe is enough security is not… Thursday night our garage and workers bodega was broken into. Many valuable items were taken. We live in La Compania area across from the bodega de municipio. […]

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Ecuador: Government Implicated in Public Works Corruption

panampost.com/Ysol Delgado reported the Nuevo Herald recently interviewed journalist Fernando Villavicencio, who is in hiding after revealing confidential information that uncovered an important network of corruption, through a website called Focus. After the journalist’s information came to light, Rafael Correa asked the Attorney General of Ecuador to investigate him, and soon after an arrest warrant […]

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Belize: FBI believes more than one person involved in murder of U.S. tourist year ago

BELMOPAN, Belize — By Barb Markoff and Chuck Goudie/http://abc7.com More than one person may be involved in the murder of Anne Swaney, executive producer of digital operations at our sister station, ABC7 Chicago, an FBI official said. “We believe that people, the public in Belize, may have information about the suspect or suspects that committed […]

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Tourist stranded in Ecuador after refusing to smuggle package back to Malaysia

YOUNG MAN REFUSES TO BE A MULE – STRANDED IN ECUADOR FOR TWO MONTHS – NOW HOME SAFELY nst.com.my/bernama.com / Young Businessman given free ticket by a customer in Malaysia to travel to Ecuador. When getting ready to return to his home country, he is asked to take (smuggle) a package back with him. He […]

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Ecuador: Famed Photojournalist, professor dead, victim of brutal beating

MALACATOS, LOJA, ECUADOR (Developing Story) EXPAT FROM ITALY APPARENTLY DIES FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED FROM A BRAZEN SAVAGE ATTACK AND HOME INVASION Some segments of this report is provided by an anonymous source believed to be reliable. Filcittadino.it reported that Mauro Burzio, 68, a native of Venasca Italy who spent decades abroad and lived in Ecuador […]

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Tension in Morona Santiago Ecuador continues, two soldiers held by Shuar

expreso.ec / Two soldiers continue to be held by Shuar Indians in the Amazonian province of Morona Santiago (southeast), where there is a mining conflict of considerable proportions. The Ministry of Defense, which demands the “immediate release” of the soldiers, also reiterated its position of not negotiating within the framework of “violence and illegality of […]

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Ecuador: Nine Women Murdered result of domestic violence so far 2017

EXPRESO.EC Every day, an average of 45 complaints received by the Prosecutor’s Office of Guayas for intra-family violence, which has as its main protagonist the woman. A victim who – in the worst of scenarios – ends up being part of the femicide statistics. With eight days to the end of the first month of […]

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Guayas Ecuador: Gang detained for stealing trucks transporting merchandise

Imprisoned gang arrested for stealing trucks in Guayas eluniverso.com reported five suspects in a gang of roadside vehicles in Guayas province were admitted to the Libertad deprivation center after a judge ordered their pretrial detention and the start of the investigation phase. The head of the Guayas Judicial Police, Jose Ortiz, reported that agents of […]

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Ecuador: Parents behind on child support and jailed, allowed work furlough program

extra.ec reported according to President Rafael Correa, the current law on maintenance payments “is tremendously unfair.” (Referential) Javier Donoso is a family father and has terminal cancer. He suspended his treatment after being detained for being late in paying his children’s pensions. The hearing was held this January 17, the Constitutional Court in Quito, by […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Authorites warn of new modality of assault

BOMB THREATS MAY BE USED AS DISTRACTION TO ALLOW ASSAILANTS TO COMMIT ROBBERY ASSAULTS / CAUTION RESIDENTS FOR GREATER VIGILANCE WHEN RETRIEVING FUNDS FROM THE BANK ECUAVISA.COM REPORTED: The Iñquito sector, north of the capital, was convulsed by a call that alerted the bomb threat, near midday on January 19. In Amazonas avenue was restricted […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Woman lives in fear since robbery by thieves posing as police

Drama of a young woman to whom false police came into her house to steal Eluniverso.com (machine translated)reported while telling her experience, Michelle moves her hands with some anxiety. “After the robbery, I was not able to sleep well,” says the 22-year-old woman, who was caught by four men posing as police officers of the […]

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Quito Ecuador: Video of modus operandi attempted bank robbery

A security camera recorded the modus operandi of an antisocial gang that tried to rob a financial institution in the north of Quito, the facts were registered after the assault happened 23 of December of 2016. SAFETY AND SECURITY IN ECUADOR – READ THIS BOOK

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Cuenca Ecuador: Some reporting increase in home burglaries

Cuenca Ecuador – INCREASE OF HOME BURGLARIES REPORTED – SOME BLAME LACK OF EMPLOYMENT .latarde.com.ec (MACHINE TRANSLATED) reported that some citizens are afraid to leave their home alone, because unpleasant people can enter the building to perform their misdeeds. There are several houses that do not have enough security, and that is when theft happens […]

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Peru: Colombian Thugs travelling through Ecuador Captured after Assault on Tourists

10 Colombians captured when tourists assaulted on beach in Huanchaco. (Surfing Mecca) larepublica.pe (machine translated) Hit the underworld. They were caught by the police in Huanchaco resort in La Libertad Peru. They had entered on Wednesday 11 through Ecuador. They will be deported. When they were surprised, they tried to flee, but the police gave […]

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Belarus and Ecuador exchange best practices in combating drug trafficking, road safety

eng.belta.by reported Belarus and Ecuador have exchanged best practices in combating drug trafficking at a meeting of delegations of the two countries held in Minsk on 17 January as part of the visit of Cesar Navas Vera, Coordinating Minister for Security of Ecuador, to Belarus, BelTA has learned. The Ecuadorian delegation met with a Belarusian […]

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U.S. Citizen Living in Ecuador Vanishes Under Suspicious Circumstances

MISSING: JONATHAN C. GILCHRIST – US CITIZEN, RESIDENT OF SALINAS ECUADOR Former Houston Texas Resident This article is prepared by LatinAmericaCurrentEvents.com. As often the case with a missing person event, the story can be very fluid and change within moments. It is believed by LACE that the facts presented here are accurate despite many missing […]

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Playa del Carmen Mexico: Five killed in shootout at music festival including Canadian, American

chicagotribune.com reported gunfire broke out in a crowded beachfront nightclub throbbing with electronic music before dawn Monday, causing five deaths and setting off a bloody stampede by screaming concertgoers at an international festival in this Caribbean resort. At least one person died in the crush to escape and some of the 15 people wounded or […]

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Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) operations in Latin America

americansecuritytoday.com By the FBI The tip came to an FBI agent in New Orleans from a source there involved with a violent Honduran street gang: A large shipment of cocaine ultimately bound for the U.S. was about to leave Costa Rica destined for Honduras. That information was relayed to FBI personnel at the Joint Interagency […]

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Valle Parish Cuenca Ecuador: Woman shot during assault

Sandra Ochoa Basin Members of the National Police found a woman on the ground Thursday with a gunshot wound on one shoulder after she suffered an attempted assault in El Valle parish. Next to her, in the street, was the ammunition feeder of the weapon that would have used two suspects. The victim is a […]

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Ecuador moves to allow prisoners to vote in Presidential elections

Institutional Agreement in Ecuador Allows Prisoners to Vote Plenenglish.com reported an agreement signed by institutions of the Ecuadorian government will allow prisoners without a conviction to exercise their right to vote in the February 19th elections, according to the Constitution. SPANISH SLANG ECUADOR – BOOK The National Electoral Council (CNE), the Civil Registry and the […]

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Salinas Ecuador: Call to 911, burglars of a residence caught in the act

Two detained while committing a burglary eluniverso.com reported a call to the integrated security system ECU-911 alerted to a burglary in progress in a house located in the Puerta del Sol 1 sector, in Salinas, Santa Elena province. The policemen upon arrival at the home found two suspects that entered through the roof. The thieves […]

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U.S. Customs Border Protection Officer Busted in smuggling scheme

sandiegouniontribune.com/Kristina Davis reported to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Jose Luis Cota, the unauthorized immigrant women he fingerprinted and processed before their return to Mexico weren’t just detainees — they were potential customers, investigators say. It’s how Cota met one woman, who ended up tipping off authorities to his offers to help smuggle detainees […]

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Ecuador: Record of 110 tons of illegal drugs seized in 2016

andes.info.ec reported a total of 110.40 tons of drugs seized this year police which is the highest figure in the country’s history regarding drug seizure, the Ministry of the Interior. Of this figure, 96.06 tons were seized for international traffic and 14.34 tons for domestic traffic. According to estimates by the authorities the total of […]

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Playa Del Carmen Mexico: Tourist from Argentina victim of attempted rape while walking beach

Belen Mirallas, Argentine tourist reports attempted rape in Playa del Carmen lapalabradelcaribe.com What must have been a night of celebration in one of the most paradisiacal places in the world for a girl from Mendoza, ended up being a nightmare. On Sunday night, Belén Mirallas was walking along Playa de Carmen, Mexico, when a man […]

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Costa Rica: Peruvians Detained in suspected theft of tourist’s luggage, bags, billfolds, etc

EFE/rpp.pe Two Peruvians suspected of tourist robbery arrested in Costa Rica According to the authorities of the Central American country, the Peruvians would have stolen luggage from foreign tourists worth almost $ 10,000. The Judicial Investigation Agency of Costa Rica (OIJ) arrested two Peruvians on Tuesday suspected of at least 10 cases of foreign tourist […]

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Ecuador: Comptroller to monitor govt. vehicles during new year’s if being used for personal use

ecuadorinmediato.com reported Comptroller will verify that vehicles of the State without safe conduct do not circulate during Year-end holiday for personal reasons. The vehicular operation will count with the support of the National Police and the internal auditors of the institution The General Comptroller of the State will verify that the vehicles of the State […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: 22 year old model dies after cosmetic surgery

22-year-old model dies after cosmetic surgery in Guayaquil extra.ec reported Melanie Montenegro Johanna Robles, a model and actress, 22, had arrived from Quito to Guayaquil on Friday 23 December, with the intention of having cosmetic surgery that did not come out alive. According specified Edwin Montenegro, the girl ‘s father, they received the news of […]

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Ecuador: Military, Police Mobilized to protect mining camp

Shuar tribe face government in Amazon mining protests Ecuador’s Shuar say mining project in Cordillera del Condor threatens their livelihood and encroaches upon their land. aljazeera.com reported/ Morona-Santiago, Ecuador – The death of a police officer during a standoff between military and indigenous Shuar people in a takeover attempt of a mining camp in Ecuador’s […]

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U.S.: ICE Sends Convicted Child Rapist Back to Ecuador

ICE removes convicted child rapist to Ecuador ice.gov – NEWARK, N.J. – A citizen of Ecuador was removed from the United States Dec. 23, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Upon the man’s arrival in Ecuador, he was turned over to local authorities by ICE ERO officers. Manuel Fernando […]

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Ecuador: relationship between Jail time and the crime in new criminal code draft

Estefanía Celi and Javier Ortega/elcomercio.com / The person who burns down a place, even uninhabited and in which explosive materials exist, will be sanctioned with 10 to 13 years of jail. The same penalty will be received by people who are convicted of the crimes of homicide, terrorism, embezzlement, extortion kidnapping or money laundering. It […]

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Stolen Cellphones in Colombia being sold in Ecuador

fiscalia.gov.co reported capture ofalleged band members of cell phone thieves selling the devices in Colombia and Ecuador Richard Johan Burbano, Gustavo Adolfo Cagua and John Jairo Cardozo were sent with an assurance measure to the prison of Rivera (Huila) as alleged members of a criminal organization dedicated to commercializing stolen cell phones. The three people, […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Robberies, Rapes reported in Yellow Taxis

There are allegations of rape and robberies in yellow taxis eluniverso.com reported “We stopped a yellow taxi (…), the taxi driver along with the guy who climbed the Ecuadorian Football Federation, which is on the av. The Waters, proceeded to sexually abuse me, anal, oral and vaginal. After they outraged me, they called the other […]

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Ecuador: Smugglers Adapt to the situation, using social media

SMUGGLERS USE ENGLISH-LANGUAGE WEBSITES TO SELL TO EXPATS Liam Higgins/cuencahighlife.com / When customs agents began slapping “government-approved” labels on imported liquor at the beginning of the year, they thought they had dealt the country’s booming bootlegging industry a fatal blow. They were wrong. Before the labels, liquor store owners were able to buy from smugglers […]

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Sarayaku, Ecuador: Military members detained by Indigenous group are released

telesurtv.net reported one Shuar Indigenous community attempted to take over a mining company by force, killing one police officer, injuring five, and abducting 11 officers. Eleven members of the Ecuadorean military were released after one Indigenous group abducted them as part of a violent conflict which broke out last week between members of the community […]

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Ecuador Crime: Govt reports general incidents of crime numbers down in 2016

eltelegrafo.com.ec The indicators published by the Coordinating Ministry of Security reflect that in the last year the crimes of greater social connotation in the country tend to fall. The theft of economic units – local commercial – was reduced from 6,357 cases registered between January and October 2015, to 5,228 cases produced in the same […]

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Ecuador: Govt to reimburse victims in vehicle accidents for stolen items

ELDIARIO.COM.EC reported: Cellphones, suitcases and vehicle accessories are the objects that are most robbed most of those who suffer accidents on the streets of Manta, the prosecutor said. Prosecutor Ginger Messias, who investigates Tránsito’s crimes and misdemeanors, reported that those thefts are recorded because the drivers leave the vehicles and at other times the injured […]

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Ecuador: Three types of criminal modalities prevelant in 12 provinces

eltelegrafo.com.ec reported Psychological violence, robbery and theft are the most common crimes that pass the prosecutors office. In Pichincha the first conviction for emotional abuse was achieved. Writing Justice The Provincial Prosecutor of Pichincha obtained the first conviction for psychological violence since the inclusion of this criminal type in the Integrated Criminal Code (COIP). The […]

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State of Emergency declared in Morona province after death of police during attack on mine

STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED A police officer was killed and several others injured during a clash between authorities and members of the Shuar community in San Carlos Panantza parish, Morona Santiago Province. The Shuar were apparently trying to take back a mining camp. President Correa said, “this barbarism will not go unpunished, whatever the cost, […]

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Peru is king of producing counterfeit U.S. currency

washingtonpost.com reported the product is carefully created in rural facilities throughout the Peruvian countryside using cheap labor, then hoarded in stash houses controlled by violent gangs in Lima. Once there, the goods are packed into parcels, loaded onto planes or hidden inside luggage, pottery, hollowed-out Bibles, sneakers, children’s toys or massive shipping containers bound for […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: New Expat, Victim of Snatch and Grab, not impressed with police

This report is from an expat on her second day after arriving in Cuenca beginning her new life in Ecuador. The name of the victim is not used in this account. ————— My second day in Ecuador, in Cuenca last night walking across the bridge to Sofy Restaurant on Benigno Malo my iPhone was snatched […]

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Homicide Rates for Ecuador

Year – 2015 SOURCE: INSIGHT.ORG / 14 January 2016 Written by David Gagne Ecuador: 6 per 100,000 Ecuador’s Ministry of the Interior recorded a homicide rate of 6.3 per 100,000 residents in 2015, a record low for the country. Officials say the demilitarization of the police and greater resources for law enforcement has helped lower […]

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Homicide Rates for Latin America and the Caribbean

2015 Homicide Rates for Latin America and the Caribbean *per 100,000 inhabitants El Salvador 103 Venezuela 90 Honduras 57 Jamaica 45 Guatemala 30 Brazil 26 Colombia 25 Dominican Republic 17 Puerto Rico 16 Mexico 13 Costa Rica 11 Panama 11 Argentina 9 Nicaragua 8 Paraguay 8 Uruguay 8 Peru 7 Ecuador 6 Bolivia 5 Chile […]

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Ecuador Alert: December is month of increased automotive thefts

lahora.com.ec reported December is a busy month for all citizens. Christmas shopping, entertainment, New Year’s Eve dinners, family reunions and friends are some of the events that mark the season, so there is often a high increase in vehicle thefts at this time. As an example, you should know that according to data from the […]

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Ambato Ecuador: Police remove street vendors in downtown area, confiscate goods, Merry Christmas

elcomercio.com reported – AMBATO, ECUADOR – CLASHES BETWEEN STREET VENDORS AND POLICE On the downtown streets of Ambato, street vendors and police clash in effort by police to remove 3,500 vendors. There were at least 100 police involved in the removal operation and much of the vendor’s stock of merchandise was confiscated. Police installed metal […]

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Guerrero Mexico: Wave of violence, severed heads, dismembered bodies

ap.org reported soldiers and police fanned out Friday across the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, chasing a wounded gang leader and trying to quell a wave of violence that included the discovery of hidden graves holding dozens of bodies and a camp where gunmen stored the severed heads of nine rivals in a cooler. The […]

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Puerto Rico: Intercontinental Hotel Robbed

elnuevodia.com reported on November 23, 2016, two assailants robbed the Intercontinental Hotel in Isla verde, Carolina Puerto Rico. The thugs intercepted an employee walking back to the office. He was hit by one of the robbers with a gun. They then stole $450.00 from the employee and $13,000 from the petty cash for the hotel. […]

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Tumbaco Ecuador: thugs rob hostel of thousands of dollars, equipment, two detained

EMPLOYEES TIED UP BY ASSAILANTS The robbery of an inn and reception center forced the police to deploy a ‘movie’ operative in the Santa Rita sector, south of Quito. lahora.com.ec reported the incident occurred yesterday morning in the parish of Tumbaco, to the northeast of the District. Four thugs entered the tourist site and seized […]

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Ecuador: Six out of ten women have experienced violence

lahora.com.ec REPORTED…Moni Pizani, of UN Women, acknowledged that much progress has been made in Ecuadory, but that there is still a way to go in the fight against this phenomenon, in which 6 out of 10 women have experienced some form of violence. He said that the statistical data to date do not reflect growth […]

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Surge of Murders in Colombia

miamiherald.com reported / Jim Wyss Hugo Cuellar was walking home from the wake of a murdered colleague with his young daughters last weekend when he was approached by two men on a motorcycle. Without saying a word, they shot the 50-year-old community leader in the stomach and fled. Although the bullet ripped through Cuellar’s pancreas […]

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E-Waste Informal Recycling: An Growing Source of Lead Exposure in South America

Antonio Pascale, MD , Adriana Sosa, MD , Cristina Bares, PhD , Alejandra Battocletti, MD , María José Moll, MD , Darío Pose, MD , Amalia Laborde, MD , Hugo González, Lic. in Geol. , Gabriella Feola, MSc annalsofglobalhealth.org Abstract Background Primitive electronic waste (e-waste) recycling creates exposures to several hazardous substances including lead. In […]

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Cotacachi, Ecuador: U.S. expatriate couple victim of home burglary, items recovered at pawn shop

Cotacachi Ecuador is a beautiful hamlet perched high in the Andes. Over the last ten years many Americans and Canadians have moved there seeking an idyllic life in a small town. However, not often discussed are the victims of common robbery and theft. While it is not an everyday occurrence in this town of about […]

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Medellin, Colombia: Japanese tourist murdered by gunmen in robbery

JAPANESE TOURIST SHOT TO DEATH BY TWO GUNMEN, TOURIST JUST ARRIVED IN MEDELLIN WAS LOOKING FOR A panadería, THE TOURIST WAS 22 YEARS OLD. Sunday, November 20, 2016 – 15:27 hsbnoticias.com reported according to information provided by the Ministry of Security of the city, the victim was identified as Izaki Ryo 22 years who was […]

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New Anti-Money Laundering Law in Ecuador

Law Library of Congress Law Library of Congress Logo Author: Graciela Rodriguez-Ferrand / loc.gov (Sept. 16, 2016) Ecuador’s new Law on the Prevention and Eradication of Money Laundering was adopted by the legislature on July 21, 2016. (Ley Orgánica de Prevención, Detección y Erradicación del Delito de Lavado de Activos y del Financiamiento de Delitos, […]

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Miranda Warning Equivalent in Ecuador

MIRANDA WARNING EQUIVALENT IN Ecuador loc.gov (source)Ecuador’s Código de Procedimiento Penal (Code of Criminal Procedure)[37] provides that at the time of detention the suspect must be informed of the reasons for his or her detention and of the identity of the authority who ordered it and of the agents carrying out the detention and interrogation. […]

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Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2017

FEDERALREGISTER.GOV reported Presidential Determination on Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2017 A Presidential Document by the Executive Office of the President on 09/20/2016 Memorandum for the Secretary of State Pursuant to section 706(1) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-228) (FRAA), I hereby […]

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