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National Security Decree / Norma Piña-Genaro García

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Paloma Duran By Paloma Duran | Journalist and Industry Analyst - Fri, 05/19/2023 - 12:06

National Security Decree. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador assured that the decree to declare works such as the Mayan Train as national security priorities will not lead to the government hiding information.

In July, the government published a decree regarding federal works to streamline procedures and guarantee that works are not held back by bureaucratic processes. The decree also allows information related to the development of these projects to be safeguarded.

Protesters continue to resist the construction of the Mayan Train, one of López Obrador's flagship infrastructure megaprojects. Activists say the project could damage karst landscapes, harm the integrity of cenotes and cause significant deforestation, as well as destroy unique archeological findings.

Norma Piña Linked to Genaro García. President López Obrador said he has a document that proves that Norma Piña, Minister of the Supreme Court, hired Sonia Vargas in April 2023 as Director of the Coordination of Administration of the Federal Judiciary Council. Vargas was the former Director of Material Resources, General Services and Infrastructure of the Federal Preventive Police, headed by Genaro García Luna.

García Luna is being processed in Florida for five crimes, four of them related to drug trafficking. The alleged crimes entail participation in corporate crime, conspiracy for global distribution of cocaine, conspiracy for the distribution and possession of cocaine and conspiracy for cocaine import. The fifth alleged crime is giving false testimony to US authorities. He is the highest-ranking Mexican former official to face justice in the US for charges linked to drug trafficking and corruption. His trial started three years ago after he was arrested in Texas. 

Roxana Ruiz. López Obrador said he may grant a presidential pardon to Roxana Ruiz, who was sentenced to prison for murdering her sex offender. Roxana Ruiz is an indigenous woman from Oaxaca, who used excessive force and knocked her aggressor unconscious, whom she then beat to death. The judge said that she should have stopped before the subject died. Her legal defense currently has 10 days to appeal her sentence of six years in prison. 

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