Mexico suspends consul over statutory rape case

Mexican Federal Police officer stand guards in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico. (AFP)
Updated 30 October 2019

Mexico suspends consul over statutory rape case

  • Estévez wrote the case was eventually stayed after the student’s parents accepted a payment for damages

MEXICO CITY: Mexico’s foreign relations department has suspended the appointment of a consul to Las Vegas after a statutory rape case surfaced accusing him of having a sexual relationship with one of his students.
Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said via Twitter Tuesday he asked the department’s ethics committee to investigate the case after reading journalist Dolia Estévez’s report.
Estévez described a 2011 case in which Victor Barreras Castro, then 24, was accused of having sex with a 14-year-old student. The case included a statement from Barreras’ mother saying that her son told her he had done it.
Estévez wrote the case was eventually stayed after the student’s parents accepted a payment for damages.
Barreras was named consul in September. Previously, he led a policy and strategy unit at the security ministry.


Singapore baggage handler jailed for swapping luggage tags

Updated 12 November 2019

Singapore baggage handler jailed for swapping luggage tags

  • Bags belonged to passengers transiting through Changi and using Singapore Airlines and its regional wing SilkAir
  • Changi handled nearly 65.6 million passengers last year

SINGAPORE: A Singaporean baggage handler has been jailed for 20 days for swapping tags on nearly 300 suitcases at the city-state’s airport, causing them to end up at wrong destinations around the world.
Tay Boon Keh, 66, had pleaded guilty to charges of swapping the tags on 286 bags at Changi Airport, one of the world’s busiest hubs.
He made the swaps between November 2016 and February 2017 out of “frustration and anger” after his request for additional staff at his work section was ignored, a district court heard.
Suitcases originally bound for various parts of the world, including Perth, Manila, Frankfurt, London and San Francisco, were affected, according to court documents.
The bags belonged to passengers transiting through Changi and using Singapore Airlines and its regional wing SilkAir.
Tay was suffering from major depressive disorder when he committed the offenses, the court heard.
But state prosecutors said evidence presented at a hearing showed his condition “did not contribute significantly to his commission of the offenses” as he continued to have control over his actions.
Prosecutor Thiam Jia Min said the swapping could have caused “potentially, even serious or fatal, consequences” as some passengers could have been left without medications.
Changi handled nearly 65.6 million passengers last year.