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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1986 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
Bail was denied Monday for a Mexican police agent linked by U.S. officials to the slaying of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena. U.S. Magistrate Barry Ted Moskowitz ruled that Mario Martinez Herrera, a sub-commander in the Mexican General Directorate for Investigations of National Security (DIGSN), would be a flight risk and ordered him held without bail. Martinez is charged with a single count of perjury.
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October 26, 1997 | FREDRIC N. TULSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twelve years after a U.S. drug agent was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in Mexico, evidence has emerged that federal prosecutors relied on perjured testimony and false information, casting a cloud over the convictions of three men now serving life sentences. The evidence suggests that the U.S. government, in its zeal to solve the heinous killing of Enrique Camarena, induced corrupt former Mexican police to implicate top officials there in a conspiracy to plan his kidnapping.
NEWS
July 26, 1990 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh on Wednesday accused the Mexican government of trying to retaliate against the United States by seeking to extradite a U.S. drug agent and an informant involved in apprehending a suspect in the murder of another U.S. agent. "We think it's a mistake for the government of Mexico not to cooperate in this investigation, not to bring to justice those persons who have engaged in acts or contributed to this dreadful incident," Thornburgh said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1992 | LINDA DEUTSCH, ASSOCIATED PRESS
A jury including two Mexican-Americans was swiftly selected Tuesday in the case of two Mexican nationals charged in the murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena, a case that strained U.S.-Mexican relations. The judge scheduled opening statements for today. The 12 jurors and four alternates were accepted by defense and prosecution after less than a day of jury questioning in which the Mexican heritage of prospective jurors became an issue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal court jury Monday began deliberating the fate of four men accused in Los Angeles of involvement in the kidnaping and murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena. The deliberations follow a nine-week trial and more than 8,000 pages of testimony given by about 75 witnesses. U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie spent more than half an hour reading a lengthy set of instructions to the jury.
NEWS
August 11, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a precedent-setting decision, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled Friday that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's kidnaping of a Mexican doctor violated the United States' extradition treaty with Mexico and ordered the defendant in the Enrique Camarena murder trial returned to his homeland.
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September 25, 1996 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Tuesday ruled that a Mexican doctor who was kidnapped by U.S. drug agents can sue the U.S. government and the law enforcement officers involved in the abduction. Dr. Humberto Alvarez Machain was spirited out of Mexico on April 2, 1990, by men working for the Drug Enforcement Administration. He was turned over to DEA agents in this country, who suspected him of participating in the 1985 slaying of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Justice Department said Thursday that a Los Angeles federal judge made serious legal errors when he ruled that a Drug Enforcement Administration-orchestrated kidnaping in Guadalajara of a suspect in the Enrique Camarena murder case violated a U.S. extradition treaty with Mexico. U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie's Aug. 10 ruling "is without precedent in U.S. law," according to a government brief seeking to overturn the decision. The brief, written by Assistant U.S. Atty. William F.
NEWS
October 29, 1997 | FREDRIC N. TULSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal prosecutors withheld a politically volatile allegation from attorneys who were defending two men accused in the 1985 killing of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena in Mexico, documents show. An informant who helped build the 1992 criminal case in Los Angeles contended that Mexico's president at the time of the slaying and a former president discussed Camarena with a drug lord who allegedly ordered the agent's kidnapping and murder two months later.
NEWS
February 6, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A government witness who claimed that federal prosecutors in Los Angeles pressured him to falsely implicate suspects in the 1985 kidnapping and murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena has recanted his allegations against the prosecutors, the U.S. attorney's office said in a document filed in federal court Thursday.
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