By Dialogo December 12, 2012 Guatemalan authorities extradited Horst Walter Overdick Mejía to the United States, a Guatemalan national wanted by the American justice system due to his alleged links with drug trafficking, informed the U.S. Embassy in a statement. “Overdick Mejía (also known as “El Tigre”) was extradited to the U.S. to face charges in New York for distribution of controlled substances. This represents an important step forward in the joint Guatemalan and American efforts to counter the scourge of drug trafficking in Central America,” the report claimed. In November 2011, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) started an investigation against the Guatemalan and his alleged links with the Mexican cartel Los Zetas, according to the report. “This organization was allegedly responsible for the imports of several tons of cocaine from Central and South America to Guatemala, where the cocaine was given to Los Zetas, with the United States as the final destination,” it said. The U.S. Embassy explained that Overdick was operating “drug trafficking based at a large-scale” in the department of Cobán, about 300km north of the capital, where two years ago former president Álvaro Colom declared state of siege to recover the territory. The National Civil Police arrested Overdick Mejía on April 3, in the village of San Lucas Sacatepéquez, near the capital, after he was accused of distributing a controlled substance on January 19 in the Southern District of New York. U.S. authorities confirmed that Overdick helped Los Zetas to enter Guatemala in 2008, which is the strongest drug cartel to operate in this Central American country.
DES MOINES — A bill that would re-establish the death penalty in Iowa has emerged in the Iowa Senate, but it’s unlikely to become law.A key member of the Iowa House who supports the concept of capital punishment tabled a similar plan last year. He concluded it costs taxpayers less to put someone in prison for life than to pay for years of legal challenges to a death sentence.Governor Kim Reynolds, when asked about the bill’s prospects during her weekly news conference, said Senators now have an opportunity to discuss the issue.“But there’s a lot of things that go into considering that and I haven’t seen any shift from where we were last year,” Reynolds said Wednesday.House Speaker Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake doesn’t sense a death penalty bill is a priority for her fellow Republicans in the House.“Sometimes I hear from people: ‘I want to do this.’ ‘I want to work on this,’” Upmeyer told Radio Iowa and The Cedar Rapids Gazette. “I have not heard that, so I guess that would surprise me if that became an issue.”Another wrinkle in this year’s debate is an announcement last August from the head of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis said the death penalty is “inadmissable” and it’s the goal of the church to abolish capital punishment worldwide. Tom Chapman of the Iowa Catholic Conference said priests are talking about the issue in their parishes.“We don’t want to commit violence to try to protect people from violence,” Chapman told Radio Iowa.Twenty Republicans in the Iowa Senate are co-sponsoring a bill to impose the death penalty on those found guilty of kidnapping, raping and killing a child. It takes the support of 26 senators to pass a bill.Iowa abolished the death penalty 54 years ago.
The boycott of the Household Charge remains solid according to the Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay campaign as new figures show the numbers refusing to pay the charge have not been significantly affected by the latest warning letters.‘It is still the case that the Household Tax is being resisted by more than 700,000 households across the state’ said spokesperson Francis McCafferty.‘Fewer than 28,000 in total have paid since mid-July1, mostly multiple properties. Despite going for the easy target of those already registered as having a second property, the authorities have been unable to make any real progress. The boycott remains solid.’ ‘Another batch of warning letters is due out very soon to a list of households cobbled together from the ESB, social welfare and Revenue records, in another trawling exercise. This will also fail to get significant numbers to pay.”The group added that homeowners need to remain firm and refuse to be bullied into paying this unfair tax.“They realise that if they pay the Household Tax, they are also registering for a Property Tax of hundreds of Euro next year By continuing to stand together in large numbers, we will make it impossible to pursue all 700,000 of us.’‘Before they went on their holidays, the government decided that next years Property Tax will be collected by the Revenue Commissioners. Not only is this a vote of no confidence in the ability of the local councils to force us into paying the Household Tax, it is also a final admission that Household/Property Tax has absolutely nothing to do with funding local services. “We will have a Property Tax which is levied and paid centrally to the Revenue in Dublin. It will form part of general taxation, like income tax or VAT. There are better and fairer ways to fund general taxation like a wealth and assets tax, but that does not appear to fit the government’s agenda of making the ordinary people of the country shoulder the costs of the bank bailout.’ BOYCOTT OF HOUSEHOLD CHARGE REMAINS STRONG – CAN’T PAY WON’T PAY GROUP was last modified: August 15th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Can’t Pay Won’t PayHOUSEHOLD CHARGE