Roxana Baldetti, the former Guatemalan vice-president whose extradition has been formally requested by the United States, late Wednesday after she was indicted in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in February 2017 on drug trafficking charges. Baldetti was charged for distributing nearly five kilograms of cocaine from January 2010 to May 2015, knowing that it would be illegally imported to the U.S. The Depart of Justice had made it clear at the time that the U.S. would be serving a formal extradition notice to the former Guatemalan vice-president at a future date. The news that the U.S. is moving forward with the extradition request was announced by Guatemala's foreign ministry, the Washington Times reported. Guatemalan former vice-president Roxana Baldetti is pictured at a courtroom before the judge suspended the hearing in which he was to decide on whether a trial against her and former President Otto Perez Molina (out of frame) would take place, at the Supreme Court in Guatemala City, March 28, 2016. Baldetti served in former Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina's government, who was impeached over corruption charges.
He sought to cut an image as a fearless anti-crime crusader in his home state of Nayarit, in western Mexico. Edgar Veytia -- the state's attorney general, a lawyer and a survivor of a 2011 assassination attempt linked to traffickers -- once declared: "Nayarit is not fertile ground for law-breaking. Here, there is no room for organized crime." His purported crime-fighting acumen even led to a corrido, or popular ballad, championing Veytia as the "terror" of criminals and the "lawyer with a pistol on his belt." But media reports had hinted of a darker side, linking Veytia to the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel, a bitter rival of the Sinaloa Cartel of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
Human rights activists have demanded an investigation into the vicious sexual assault of 11 women during a 2006 crackdown on demonstrators in a town on the outskirts of Mexico that was ordered by now President Enrique Peña Nieto when he was governor of the state of Mexico. The case, part of a multi-year examination by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) into abuses that occurred during the crackdown in the town of San Salvador Atenco, found that at least 11 women who were detained by police during the protest were raped, beaten, penetrated with metal objects, robbed and humiliated while in custody at a holding facility hours away. One of the women was forced to perform oral sex on numerous police officers, and all were denied medical examinations for numerous days. "I have not overcome it, not even a little," one of the women, María Patricia Romero Hernández, told the New York Times. "It's something that haunts me, and you don't survive.
As each day brings new developments in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, one of the questions I've been wondering about is what role, if any, U.S. courts might play in helping to provide accountability for his killing. I'm not holding my breath that this Justice Department would be in a hurry to see if any extraterritorial federal criminal statutes might apply, but the specter of civil relief is, at least at first, more promising. At a minimum, it might put a real crimp on the U.S. travels of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other potential defendants. Perhaps the most intriguing potential remedy is the one provided by the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991. In addition to providing a remedy for torture, the statute also provides an express civil remedy against anyone "who, under actual or apparent authority, or color of law, of any foreign nation … subjects an individual to extrajudicial killing," which the statute defines as "a deliberated killing not authorized by a previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples."
Fox News Flash top headlines for June 19 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com A startup company that manufactures sex toys for women filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the operator of New York City's subway system, accusing the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority of sexism and illegal censorship for refusing to run its ads since November. Dame Products, a women-owned sex toy company that promises to "close the pleasure gap" for women by selling "toys, for sex," sued the MTA for deciding to "prioritize male interests" after denying its ads but allowing other ads related to male pleasure and sexual health. "The MTA is living in a Victorian era," Richard Emery, a lawyer for Dame, said in an interview with Reuters.