Mexico charges generals suspected of drug gang ties

August 1, 2012 04:13


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MEXICO CITY - Mexico on Tuesday brought formal charges against three generals for alleged ties to drug cartels, in what is seen as the biggest armed-forces corruption case during Mexican President Felipe Calderon's administration.

Retired Generals Tomas Angeles and Ricardo Escorcia, active General Roberto Dawe, along with Lieutenant Colonel Silvio Isidro de Jesus Hernandez, were detained two months ago as part of an investigation into their alleged links to the once-powerful Beltran Leyva drug cartel.

Mexican law allows for preventive detention in some cases to stop suspects from fleeing, to guarantee they will attend a trial and to protect victims and witnesses.

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