The president of Mexico has his eye on the trial against Genaro Garcia Luna. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has assured this Tuesday that he will report daily in his morning conference on the development of the process in a New York court against the Secretary of Security of Felipe Calderon (2006-2012) and director of the Federal Investigation Agency with Vicente Fox. “It is a judicial drama,” he said in his conference from the National Palace. The president has also stated that the Mexican government has a legal case open in a court in Florida, where the architect of the war against drug trafficking in Mexico resided, in which they demand the return of 700 million dollars from the ex-official’s assets in the United States. Joined.
“We consider it important that people who watch the mornings know how this trial is being carried out. It is important because it is very shameful, it is about an authority of the highest level who was in charge of public security during the Calderon Government, and who had a double function, according to the accusations that the United States Government is making ”, the president has said. “At the same time that he was in charge of public security, he protected one of the cartels or organized crime groups.”
In the first trial hearing, which took place this Monday, Sergio Villarreal Barragan, alias The big onea former collaborator of the Sinaloa Cartel and the Juarez Cartel, declared that the organization headed by Joaquin El Chapo Guzman enjoyed the support of the former official, who allegedly received monthly bribes for years. “With the help of the Government, the cartel grew in terms of territory, in the amount of drugs that we moved, and it eliminated its enemies,” he said before the Brooklyn court.
The fight for Garcia Luna’s assets, specifically 700 million dollars and “other possible assets”, is also taking place in the United States courts. The president has reported that the lawyers of the former Mexican official tried to tear down the complaint, appealing that it was not a disputed case to be brought before the US justice system. “His lawyers for him stated that Mexico had no reason to go there to litigate, and a court in Florida agreed with us. Yes we can and we are working on it”. “There is also talk that he accumulated a fortune of a lot of money, around 1,000 million dollars,” the president said on Tuesday, “what we are going to try to do is collect the money.”
Regarding the trial in which Garcia Luna faces charges for drug trafficking, Lopez Obrador has assured that “until now there has been no reliable evidence.” The president has explained that he maintains three hypotheses at the moment: that Garcia Luna is innocent, that he is guilty but operated without the knowledge of the presidents, and that he directly had a license from Calderon and Fox to operate in favor of organized crime. For daily reporting, the president has said that they will look for an “objective” mechanism. “We don’t want people not to find out, honestly we don’t trust the conventional media, because they kept silent for a long time,” he added. On this first occasion, he called his spokesman, Jesus Ramirez Cuevas, to read the chronicle of the hearing on Monday published in the newspaper the day.
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