Mexico City. Releasing the information on the entire accusatory file against General Salvador Cienfuegos “will give Mexico respect,” said the Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard. When making a report on the case at the press conference of the President of the Republic, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the official said that he spoke twice with the United States Attorney General, William Barr, to whom he said since then that the elements contributed by the DEA did not constitute evidence to initiate a process against the Mexican military.
“We have never denied the United States the information. William Barr said he highly valued the information from Mexico. For the second call, we received the items you sent, which are photostatic copies of the screen calls (probably from the BlackBerry platform). In Mexico with these elements that they are sending, we could not link a detainee to the process.
The secretary argued that the prosecutor of that country told him then, “we are going to send the general so that you can carry out the investigation.” That is why I reiterate that President López Obrador “instructed me to contribute all the elements that the United States officials sent us.”
And he pointed out that the press release of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) says in essence “that General Cienfuegos was called to appear, what was said by the general was valued, and the elements described were verified, and the opportunity was given to General Cienfuegos to defend himself ”.
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Ebrard described that “I stressed William Barr. If you are going to send us the testimonies, we are interested, because transparency is a priority of the President of the Republic. Here it was said we are going to protest because this is the dignity of Mexico, because they are events that interest us Mexicans. I told the prosecutor that it is a sample from Mexico, because we assume that what you are sending us are the evidence that the DEA has to substantiate its accusation.
“In this tribune I said, for Mexico it would be doing nothing, what the prosecution did was summon Cienfuegos to appear. There are no elements to substantiate the case against the general.
The attorney general’s office informs that the conclusion of what he did, his investigations, and what the United States provided there are no elements to prosecute General Cienfuegos. If the investigation process was carried out, and it is derived from this bulletin that there are elements that must be investigated, but what does General Cienfuegos do, there are no elements to process the general.
“No files have ever been made known, why, because everything was secretly. All the file that we receive we are going to make known in the next few hours, that is done by an integrity government, and that integrity that it will give to Mexico, respect, imagine, if we had kept silence knowing that there are no elements, he acted with integrity ”.