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The World : Mexico Unionists Face Trial

A judge ordered 46 leaders of Mexico’s oil workers union to stand trial on charges of arms smuggling and corruption, and a union official said that arrest warrants have been issued for as many as 35 others in a further crackdown on the powerful labor organization. Police last week arrested the 46, including union boss Joaquin Hernandez Galicia, in a move to abolish graft in the top ranks of the union. Judge Jose Luis Garcia Vasco denied bail to 18 of the 46 and postponed bail hearings for Hernandez Galicia and three others until later this week. Union attorney Carlos Castro Esparza said he expects additional arrests soon as new warrants are served.


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