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Mexico: New Anti-Theft Law Stiffens Penalties

On 12 January the Ministry of the Interior published in the Official Journal of the Federation the bill entitled “La Ley para Prevenir y Sancionar los Delitos Cometidos en Materia de Hidrocarburos,” better known as the Anti-Hydrocarbons Theft Law, which sharply increases the penalties for engaging in hydrocarbons theft. Notably, the legislation had been stalled since March 2015 due to political differences between the leadership of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) and the National Action Party (PAN) in both houses of Congress. The midterm elections for the Chamber of Deputies in June as well as the approval of the federal budget in November, the legislature’s top priority, paved the way for the law.

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