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Wednesday, 24 January, 2001, 21:15 GMT
Mexican president launches war on crime

The Mexican president, Vicente Fox, has launched what he's calling a merciless war against drug-trafficking and organised crime.

Speaking in one of Mexico's most violent cities, Culiacan , in the northern state of Sinaloa, Mr Fox said the country's prison system would be completely overhauled.

Correspondents say entrenched corruption of prison authorities has led to escapes and favourable treatment of drug barons. Only last week, one of Mexico's most notorious drug-traffickers, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, broke out of jail, apparently with the help of prison guards.

Mr Fox also said there would be strict enforcement of a recent Supreme Court ruling that removed the last barriers for extraditing Mexican nationals wanted for trial in other countries.

However, he admitted that it would be a bitter struggle given the pernicious influence of drugs money used to bribe officials, and said he expected the criminal gangs to strike back.

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