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Mexico and Costa Rica Sign Treaty to Fight Organized Crime

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Mexico and Costa Rica signed a new treaty against organized crime in which both nations will implement bilateral strategies to weaken the finances of organized criminal groups.

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Mexico And Costa Rica Signed A New Treaty Against Organized Crime

The governments of Mexico and Costa Rica signed on Saturday a legal assistance treaty for cooperation in the investigation of crimes related to organized crime, Mexican prosecutors said.

“This international instrument allow both countries to afford each other the widest measure of cooperation for the investigation of crimes, the prosecution of cases, the exchange of evidence and sharing of goods,” the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) said in a statement .

In the framework of the Hemispheric Meeting High Level Transnational Organized Crime held in Mexico City, the head of the PGR, Marisela Morales, signed the Treaty of International Criminal Judicial Assistance between the two nations.

With the integration of new tools to tackle organized crime, this new agreement replaces the agreement signed on October 13, 1989, and was in force, stresses the prosecution.

In addition, the new treaty contains strategies to strengthen the fight against financial structures of organized groups with a presence in Mexico and Costa Rica.

“As stated by the Federal Executive, to deal a blow to the resources they operate, limiting their ability to undermine the rule of law,” he says.

The signing ceremony was attended by the Deputy Minister of the Presidency for Security Affairs of the Republic of Costa Rica, Mauricio Hernandez Boraschi and Attorney General of the Republic, Jorge Chavarria Guzman, among other officials.

More than 47,000 people have died since the start of Anti-Narco operating in Mexico in December 2006.

Many leaders have died or were captured, but violence does not stop, which has raised criticism of the strategy to combat the cartels conducted by the government of President Felipe Calderon.

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