Mexico’s president-elect mulling mass amnesty for criminal gang members

Mexico’s president-elect mulling mass amnesty for criminal gang members
Andres Manuel López Obrador (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – He apparently doesn’t think MS-13 are animals, either.]

The security advisers for President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that amnesty legislation aimed at lessening violence will be developed with the input of crime victims and presented to Mexico’s congress.

Alfonso Durazo, proposed as the new administration’s public security minister, said the amnesty law would be part of a “Mexican recipe for peace.” Amnesty would not be given at the discretion of the president, he said. Congress will have the final word.

“The objective of this law is to bring youth who for various reasons of economic survival, extortion, pressure from organized crime are (working) in the illegal into the legal,” Durazo said. There could be hundreds of thousands of youth working as lookouts for organized crime, he said. “We have to give them a way out.”

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Lopez Obrador’s opponents attacked him throughout the campaign about the amnesty idea, but he won a landslide election victory July 1 and will take office Dec. 1. He met with the security members of his proposed Cabinet on Friday.

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