Sunday - Apr 21, 2019

Swedish Attorney General’s Office questions Assange in London


by the El Reportero’s wire services

The Swedish Attorney General’’s Office is interrogating the founder of the website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, at the Ecuadorian embassy in this capital, where he has been a refugee for more than four years.

Attorney General Ingrid Isgren arrived this morning to the embassy to participate in the first interview to the Assange, who has been accused in Sweden since 2010 for supposed sexual offenses that he has denied.

The questions for the interrogation were prepared by the Swedish Justice and Ecuadorian Attorney Wilson Toainga is in charge of carrying out the proceeding.
The hearing is expected to last several days, according to Per Samuelsson, Swedish attorney to Australian journalist Julian Assange.

The Attorney General’s Office specified that of Assange accepts, he would be taken a DNA sample during the interrogation session.

There will not be any public statement after the interrogation session, according to the Swedish judges, who will decide about continuity of the investigation.

This is the first time that 45-year-old activist Assange will be able to tell his version of the events before justice, said Wikileaks on Twitter.

Mexico prepared for economic challenges, assures the government

The Mexican government announced the country is prepared to face the high financial volatility affecting the peso and also the sequels of the victory of Donald Trump in U.S. presidential elections.

The deputy secretary of the Economy, Vanessa Rubio, said the Mexican economy has structural basic strengths to face challenges like the electoral result in the United States.

Mexico has solid macroeconomic bases, including an economic package that brings with it a primary superávit of 0.4 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), assured the official.

She also mnentioned the ‘innovating’ business plan for Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), low and stable inflation rate, levels of international reserves and the Flexible Line of Credit of the International Monetary Fund.

Deputy secretary of the Economy discarded that in the short term the ‘profound and diverse’ relation between Mexico and the U.S., which Mexican authorities describe as strategic, may be broken.

In this regard she recalled that Mexico is the third trading partner of the northern neighbor and also has tight links with other nations.

‘Mexico has a stable economy, with solid macroeconomic fundaments and with policy tools we can use as we see the evolution of the markets’, she said.

Mexico: 43 Ayotzinapa Students Searched in Clandestine Graves

The search for the 43 Ayotzinapa Normal School students focuses today on the location and analysis of illegal graves, using high technologies to detect irregularities on the ground in Iguala, Guerreo and its surroundings.

So far, the experts in charge have located at least 119 places where it is possible that such type of burials have taken place.

They are also focusing on tracking telephone calls, since the disappearance of the students on Sept. 26, 2014, to date, as 132 telephone numbers have been intervened by court orders, including two belonging to members of the criminal organization Guerreros Unidos and 13 members of the Iguala police.

The Mexican government has ratified its willingness to clarify the case; however, so far there have been few conclusions.

Although 29 criminal investigations have been opened in the case, eight arrest warrants have not been executed, and several of the recommendations from international experts remain unfulfilled.