Published January 25, 2013
MEXICO CITY – Reading suspects their rights is something most Mexicans have only seen in American movies.
But authorities say they are starting a program to require police to read suspects their rights or risk letting them go free.
The assistant secretary of the interior says all federal police will have to advise detainees of their right to remain silent and the right to a lawyer.
Eduardo Sanchez says the warning will also advise foreigners they have a right to consular assistance and Indians that they can have translators.
The Interior Department said Friday that suspects could appeal to win their release if they are not read their rights, but that would not necessarily void the charges against them.
The United States has required so-called "Miranda Rights" warnings since the 1960s.