MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A sweeping reform of Mexico’s criminal justice system would allow private communications to be used as evidence and limit legal challenges to avoid extradition delays for criminal suspects, according to a draft reviewed by Reuters on Tuesday.
It would also extend Mexico’s penal code to crimes committed outside the country if the wrong-doing causes harm in Mexico or to Mexicans, such as a shooting last August in El Paso, Texas, that took the lives of eight Mexican nationals.
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The reform proposal, which would involve changes to the constitution, comes as the government scrambles to tackle growing insecurity nationwide by removing legal obstacles that have been criticized for gumming up criminal proceedings and making the country’s justice system too unwieldy.
Senate Majority leader Ricardo Monreal said on Monday the reforms had been drawn up by the legal advisor to the office of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and the attorney general and were due to be presented in the Senate on Wednesday.
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The top legal adviser to Lopez Obrador, Julio Scherer, the attorney general’s office and the president’s spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment late on Tuesday.
Mexico’s constitution currently prohibits the entry into evidence of phone calls or other private communications without the prior approval of a judge.
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“Evidence considered unlawful due to the means by which it was obtained may, where appropriate, be taken into consideration and assessed by the judge of a case,” according to the text of the draft.
The proposal also seeks to restrict the use of legal challenges known as amparos to...
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