Mexican prison riot leaves 44 dead

  • Tuhan Harun case postponed again to July 22 – Bernama
    Tuhan Harun case postponed again to July 22 – Bernama

    The Lower Shariah Court today postponed again the case of leader of the “Tuhan Harun” deviant sect, Harun Mat Saat, to July 22. Judge Abdul Wahid Mohd Ali set the date after hearing the application from Pahang Islamic Religious Department deputy prosecutor Mohd Fahmi Abd Jalil that he needed more time to examine the legal representation... …

  • What if flight MH370 is never found?
    What if flight MH370 is never found?

    Despite assurances from Malaysia and Australia that the search will continue for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the lack of significant leads after almost seven weeks are leading many to ask: What if the jetliner that disappeared over the southern Indian Ocean is never found? At the start of the massive international search effort, such a... …

  • New law to give Sarawak natives freedom in purchasing customary rights land
    New law to give Sarawak natives freedom in purchasing customary rights land

    Bumiputera from Sarawak could eventually buy Native Customary Rights (NCR) land outside their ethnic group or community when the state amends its Land Code in November. Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem (pic, right), in disclosing the government's intention to table the amendment at its Budget sitting, said with the amendment the Iban, for... …

  • Cops cannot declare May Day rally illegal, lawyer says
    Cops cannot declare May Day rally illegal, lawyer says

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 24 — There are no provisions under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 that allows the authorities to declare the anti-GST rally planned for May 1 as illegal, human rights... …

  • On May Day, trade unions to rally against GST, TPPA
    On May Day, trade unions to rally against GST, TPPA

    SUBANG JAYA, April 24 — The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) announced today a May Day rally to protest against Putrajaya’s newly-approved consumption tax system and a US-led free trade... …

  • Rafizi rips apart deputy minister's grant denial

    A PKR leader has pointed out that Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah referred to grant recipients from a different time period when denying that RM100 million was allocated to a firm purportedly favoured by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. Rafizi Ramli also questioned if this was an oversight on the part of the science, technology and innovation deputy minister or a deliberate attempt to put a lid on the matter. In a statement today, the PKR director of strategy said Abu Bakar (left) disclosed to the …

At least 44 inmates were killed in a Mexican prison riot on Sunday, just days after a deadly inferno in a jail in Honduras, again highlighting terrible overcrowding in Latin American prisons.

The deaths occurred as clashes broke out in the early hours of Sunday between rival gangs at Apodaca prison, near Monterrey, which was holding some 3,000 inmates despite an official capacity of 1,500.

Notorious for violence and overcrowding, prisons in the region are beset by a litany of problems such as rampant drug trafficking and gang members seeking to settle scores.

The prison population in Mexico and Central America has swollen in line with the region's increasingly important role in the cocaine trafficking trade, meaning outdated facilities are straining at the seams.

Families gathered Sunday outside the Apodaca prison, located some 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the northern city of Monterrey, awaiting news of loved ones in a desperate scene, with some women fainting.

"We have 44 deaths," state security spokesman Jorge Domene told reporters, adding the casualties were not killed by firearms but had suffered stab wounds.

Domene said the fight likely was part of a turf war between the brutal Zetas drug gang and their former employers, the Gulf cartel, for control of the prison.

Monterrey, an industrial hub and Mexico's third largest city, has seen an upsurge in violence in recent months blamed on fighting between the two groups.

Domene said the situation inside the prison was now calm and that forensic teams were working to identify the bodies.

It was the second deadly such brawl in recent months in the Monterrey area after seven inmates died and 12 were injured in a clash in October at Cadereyta prison.

The toll from the two incidents appeared to top the total deaths in Monterrey's three main prisons in all of last year, when 50 inmates died from executions, brawls, and suspected suicides, according to official data.

In Honduras, the toll of Tuesday's blaze at the overcrowded Comayagua prison, thought to be the world's worst-ever prison fire, rose by one to 359 dead, after an inmate succumbed to severe burn injuries.

Anger was building among families over the slow return of bodies and at the slow pace of the investigation into the cause of the blaze.

Only 38 bodies have so far been identified in the morgue in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa, and just 19 have been returned to their families for burial.

Forensics experts were conducting blood tests on corpses, many too charred to be identified by sight, in a bid to discover their identities.

Expert teams from the United States, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru are helping the Honduran authorities with their investigations into the fire, the cause of which remains unclear.

Follow @YahooMalaysia on LINE for daily news updates.

Comments on Yahoo pages are subject to our link to Comments Guidelines. You are responsible for any content that you post. Yahoo is not responsible or liable in any way for comments posted by its users. Yahoo does not in any way endorse or support comments made by its users.

  • MH370 passenger’s partner tells of strange email from sacked Fox officer The Malaysian Insider
    MH370 passenger’s partner tells of strange email from sacked Fox officer

    The partner of an American passenger aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has spoken about how a Fox executive who was recently sacked by the news station had contacted her offering to raise funds on her behalf. Sarah Bajc, whose partner Philip Wood is among the 239 people on board the missing plane, told the Sydney Morning Herald... …

  • My last moments with Pa: Ramkarpal Singh The Malaysian Insider
    My last moments with Pa: Ramkarpal Singh

    A week after the tragic crash that took the lives of veteran lawyer and politician Karpal Singh and his personal aide, Michael Cornelius, his son Ramkarpal recounts the final hours with his father that fateful day. This is his story, as told to V. Anbalagan, assistant news editor. “My parents (Karpal and Gurmit) had gone to Pantai Hospital... …

  • Absolute power corrupts absolutely, Dr Mahathir reminds current leaders The Malaysian Insider
    Absolute power corrupts absolutely, Dr Mahathir reminds current leaders

    Malaysian leaders have been reminded not to look down on the public’s capability to topple a corrupt government as what had happened in the Middle East during the Arab spring, warned Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic). In his latest blog posting today, the country’s longest serving prime minister said that monarchs and dictators in the Middle East... …