Justice System Support Unit / Electricity Law InitiativeBy Paloma Duran | Thu, 02/04/2021 - 11:12
New Justice System Support Unit. Head of the Justice System Support Unit of the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) Paulina Téllez Martínez explained that the unit seeks to strengthen the justice system and increase its efficiency, availability and reliability to reduce impunity, violence and injustice in Mexico. "In the case of amnesties, we have received 1,115 requests, 942 from men and 173 from women, 67 of them are indigenous and 760 are crimes related to healthcare (such as denying medical services or receiving the COVID-19 vaccine out of turn)," Téllez said. She also announced that the government will implement justice tables to review cases with irregularities. These tables will be placed in prisons and can be used by everyone regardless of their economic situation or if they have a lawyer. In addition, the unit will have a team of women to review cases of gender violence, especially in states that do not have a specialized prosecutor’s office.
Fair trial for former governor of Puebla. Olga Sánchez Cordero, head of the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB), asked for a fair trial for Mario Marín Torres, the former governor of Puebla who was arrested yesterday. Sánchez said that no matter who the person is, everyone should have a fair trial. "The case of the former governor has to enter into this dynamic of fighting impunity. The courts and prosecutors must work properly in order to reduce impunity rates," Sánchez said. Marín was arrested yesterday in Acapulco and is accused of torturing journalist Lydia Cacho in 2005. Cacho was arrested in Cancun, Quintana Roo, for alleged defamation in her book, "The Demons of Eden," in which she wrote about businessmen Kamel Nacif and Jean Succar Kuri. The journalist was taken from Cancun to Puebla and for 23 hours, she was psychologically tortured. In April 2019, Judge María Elena Suárez, head of the First Unit Court 27th Circuit, ordered the arrests of the former governor and Nacif for participating in the torture.
Mexico does not reject foreign investment in the energy sector. Sánchez said the government is not rejecting private investment in energy, after President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sent his initiative to reform the Electricity Industry Law. "I want to insist that we are not rejecting private investment in energy. At the moment, CFE can guarantee electricity reliability and continuous supply," Sánchez said. According to Forbes, on Feb. 1, López Obrador sent to Congress an initiative to change the law approved during the Energy Reform of former President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2013. The new law, if enacted, benefits the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) over the private sector and seeks to revoke permits that were previously granted. The Business Coordinating Council (CCE) said the new law is a direct expropriation that tries to prevent fair competition in the electricity sector, which violates the rights of free competition and legal certainty.
US immigration policy to improve the lives of millions. Sánchez applauded President Joe Biden’s immigration policy and assured that there would be a permanent dialogue between the Mexican and US authorities to improve the lives of millions of immigrants. "Joe Biden’s policy is going to change the way this problem has been approached in the past. Processes such as waiting for the asylum application in Mexico will be eliminated; I am sure the migration situation will improve in both countries,” Sánchez said.
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