26 September 2023

MEXICO: Top law officials accused of crimes

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Mexico’s Attorney General, Alejandro Gertz Manero and four other high-ranking law enforcement officials in his Department have been accused of influence-peddling, criminal association and collusion.

Julio Scherer Ibarra, a former Legal Counsel of President López Obrador, filed a criminal complaint against Mr Gertz (pictured) and four of his colleagues at the Federal Attorney General’s Office.

In his complaint, which he also filed with the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, Mr Scherer said he was obliged to report the officials because they had committed acts that “probably” constituted crimes.

He accused Mr Gertz and the other officials of making “factious use” of the Attorney General’s Office for “perverse personal interests,” claiming they had opened investigations against companies and individuals to take revenge on enemies of the Attorney General.

The lawyer said he’d also been a victim of their allegedly improper conduct, claiming former Minister for the Interior, Olga Sánchez and Mr Gertz put together a “perverse trap” to implicate him in an extortion scheme.

“Today the enemies of the head of the Federal Attorney General’s Office are the sole targets of justice — his justice,” Mr Scherer’s said.

“The conduct of Gertz Manero is not new: He has remained in the public memory and in the memories of witnesses and victims as a conveniently biased, eminently vengeful and poisonous man,” he said.

Mexico City, 27 April 2022

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