The Attorney General’s Office informed the retired General Salvador Cienfuegos that there is an investigation against him for various alleged crimes committed during his administration as Secretary of National Defense.
However, so far he has not been required to provide a statement regarding the events, as his lawyer informed Excelsior what It will only do so if there are elements that deserve it within the more than 700 test sheets.
“What follows is for the FGR to review, analyze and, where appropriate, consider whether there is a crime or no crime, whether it is enough or not enough,” he assured the national media, “he informed the media.
The Foreign Minister of Mexico Marcelo Ebrard said this Thursday that it would be very costly for your country not to investigate former Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos, after having managed to get the United States to dismiss serious drug trafficking charges against him and leave the case in the hands of local justice.
“I would say it would be almost suicidal, for that we better not say anything, let him stay there,” said Ebrard during the morning conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
On Wednesday, a New York judge accepted the unusual request of the US government to dismiss the charges against Cienfuegos, who was released and arrived hours later in Mexico. The military man had been arrested on October 15 in Los Angeles.
As soon as he arrived, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office (FGR) informed Cienfuegos that he is under investigation and asked for his personal and contact information. ANDThe general expressed his “total disposition” to meet the requirements of the investigation, informed the FGR.
Ebrard assured that in Mexico “there is no scenario of impunity” and that the evidence gathered by the US justice system was requested for that.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, for his part, insisted that you cannot accept the fabrication of crimes or accuse anyone for “politics, slogans or revenge.” He also refused to give for certain accusations just because they are made by other countries.
“Not because they are agencies or judicial instances of other countries, they are the holders of rectitude and justice,” said the president, who recognized, however, that the situation was generated by the poor performance of Mexican authorities in the past.
Analysts consulted by AFP doubt that Cienfuegos, a powerful 72-year-old retired general, can be investigated and processed impartially in Mexico.
The country ranks 60 out of 69 in a global impunity index prepared by the private University of the Americas, which measures variables such as corruption of authorities, the number of people awaiting sentencing, and the number of judges per 100,000 inhabitants.
The president also rejected journalistic versions thatthat his government would have threatened Washington with withdrawing from the country members of the anti-narcotics agency DEA if they did not hand over to Cienfuegos.
“We did not threaten anyone, the only thing we did was, through diplomatic channels, express our disagreement and they understood us very well,” added López Obrador That there be justice and it is transparent: the request after the dismissal of the charges against Cienfuegos
The leftist’s government has stressed that his claim to the United States responds to a matter of trust and principles of bilateral cooperation, which were not respected with the arrest of the military as the Mexican authorities had not been previously informed.
* With information from AFP