Prison escape bid foiled in Mexico; 17 dead

Updated 19 December 2012
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Prison escape bid foiled in Mexico; 17 dead

DURANGO, Mexico: A shootout during a prison break at a penitentiary in northern Mexico late Tuesday has left at least 11 inmates and six guards dead, authorities said.
Durango state Public Safety Department said guards foiled "a massive prison escape" at the Cereso No. 2 facility in the city of Gomez Palacio.
The inmates tried to climb the prison's back walls and when guards fired into the air to stop them the firefight ensued, a statement from the department said.
"The inmates started firing guns into the watchtowers and into custodian areas," it said. At least 17 people were killed.
Soldiers surrounded the prison and helped stop the prison break, it said, adding that the prison was back under the control of authorities.
Mass prison breaks are not uncommon in Mexico. In September, more than 120 inmates escaped from a prison in the border city of Piedras Negras, across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas.
Authorities attribute the jailbreaks to drug gangs trying to swell their ranks as they fight bloody turf battles throughout Mexico, including Durango, where the Sinaloa and Zetas drug cartel are fighting for control.


Ireland reluctant to take bite of EU’s €13bn Apple tax ruling

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Ireland reluctant to take bite of EU’s €13bn Apple tax ruling

  • The Commission told Ireland to collect €13 billion in back taxes.
  • The Commission said it was also taking Dublin to the European Court of Justice over delays in recovering the money.

DUBLIN: An appeal by Apple and Ireland against a European Union ruling for the US firm to pay €13 billion ($16 billion) in disputed taxes is likely to be heard before the end of the year, Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said on Tuesday.
The European Commission ruled in August 2016 that Apple had received unfair tax incentives. Both Apple and Dublin are appealing against the original ruling, saying the iPhone maker’s tax treatment was in line with Irish and European Union law.
“We expect the appeal is likely to begin in the autumn,” Donohoe told journalists on Tuesday. “How long the hearings will last will depend on the judges overseeing it and could be open to either party after that to take any further action.”
The Commission told Ireland to collect €13 billion in back taxes, a figure Ireland’s finance department estimated last year could reach €15 billion including EU interest.
Interest due by Apple will be calculated after the initial €13 billion is collected, Donohoe said.
Last October the Commission said it was also taking Dublin to the European Court of Justice over delays in recovering the money that was due to be recovered in January 2017, four months on from the initial ruling.
The Commission said on Tuesday that it hoped the funds would be recovered fully as soon as possible to allow it to close the EU Court of Justice’s action against Ireland for missing that deadline, a spokesman said.
Ireland has insisted that it has acted as fast as it could to facilitate collection and management of such a large sum.
Last month it appointed managers for an escrow account to hold the money and Donohoe on Tuesday said the money would begin to be paid by Apple in a series of payments starting in the second quarter, with all funds in place by the end of the third quarter.
Donohoe said the fund would make investment decisions that are low risk and that the Irish taxpayer would be protected.
“Any loss from the fund will reside with the fund, not with the taxpayer,” he said.