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Former President Will Be Investigated/Investigations Progress

By Paloma Duran | Thu, 07/07/2022 - 11:03

Murder of two priests. Deputy Minister of Security Ricardo Mejia said that Julio César N, an accomplice of José N, alias El Chueco, who allegedly murdered the Jesuit priests Javier Campos Morales and Joaquín Mora Salazar, has been arrested.

Last month, a man running from a hitman sought refuge at the church where the two Jesuit priests were working. When the hitman reached the precincts, he began firing and killed the two priests and the man. The suspect of killing the priests is apparently part of a criminal gang. Jesuit priests condemned the state of violence in the Sierra Tarahumara , where everyday men and women get murdered, mainly by criminal organizations.

Feminicide of Debanhi Escobar. Deputy Minister of Security Ricardo Mejia announced that the results of the exhumation of Debanhi Escobar's body will be released next week, these actions will facilitate reaching a consensus on the reasons for her death. “It is expected that between the 13th and 15th of this month we will be able to determine with certainty the cause of Debanhi Escobar's death.”

On April 21, the Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC) reported that a body rescued from a water tank in Nuevo León matched the description of Escobar, the 18-year-old girl who disappeared on April 9. The Attorney General's Office autopsy exposed that Escobar's cause of death was due to an intracranial hemorrhage. It is believed that she drowned and did not experience sexual abuse. Nevertheless, the autopsy provided by the family confirmed that she died before falling into the water tank and that there were signs of sexual abuse.

An investigation has been opened against former president Peña Nieto. The head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Pablo Gómez announced that the Attorney General's Office (FGR) has opened an investigation folder against former President Enrique Peña Nieto for financial irregularities. Gómez emphasized that the FIU will only have the function of providing information and useful data instead of making inquiries. “The FGR knows what to do, and we will support it with everything it requires. The complete information, with all its details, has been delivered to the FGR so that it can continue with the investigation.”

The FIU and the FGR have accused Peña Nieto of financial irregularities for receiving more than MX$26 million (US$1.26 million) through transfers from Spain since August 2019. In addition, he has been accused of having a very close relationship with two companies accused of tax irregularities. Gómez has highlighted that until now the name of those involved in the irregular movement of accounts is unknown. However, it is estimated that around 15 people participated in the corruption scheme.

Peña Nieto, former Head of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), was president of Mexico from 2012 to 2018. His government has been criticized for having high levels of corruption, especially in the case of Ayotzinapa and Odebrecht. In October 2020 Nieto received a golden visa to live and work in Spain. So far, Peña Nieto has not commented on the accusations.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Gobierno de México, Milenio
Photo by:   Gobierno de México
Paloma Duran Paloma Duran Journalist and Industry Analyst