Appeals Board Favors Drug Informant

POSTED: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 1:41pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 5:46pm

El Paso - An immigration board says a former federal drug informant can't be deported to his home country of Mexico
because he would be tortured "either directly by government agents or indirectly by government agents turning him over to the cartel."

The U.S. Justice Department's Board of Immigration Appeals ruled last week that Guillermo "Lalo" Ramirez Peyro, a former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement informant who worked with the Juarez cartel, was likely to be tortured because of corruption "at all but the highest levels of government."

The ruling was made public Wednesday by Ramirez's lawyer.

The board also ruled that the decision can be reversed if Mexico makes "significant inroads" in the fights against cartels and corruption.

News of the ruling comes one day after senior U.S. officials pledged to help Mexico fight its bloody drug war.

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