21 May 2019
Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, looking to make good on a promise to clean up rampant corruption, will go after judges that have aligned themselves with the country’s notorious drug cartels, a government official said.
The United States slapped sanctions on a Mexican judge and a former state governor on Friday, accusing them of taking bribes from drug traffickers, and saying that government corruption had allowed Mexican drug gangs to operate with impunity.
Santiago Nieto, head of the finance ministry’s financial intelligence unit, said authorities were investigating other cases of judges that may have taken bribes from organized crime, underscoring that the government would make sure that no one is above the law.
“I have received instructions from the president of the republic to go after anybody regardless of their position or party loyalty,” Nieto said in an interview with Reuters.
The magistrate sanctioned on Friday, Isidro Avelar Gutierrez, accepted bribes from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and the Los Cuinis Drug Trafficking Organization in exchange for favorable rulings for their senior members, according to the U.S. Treasury Department and Drug Enforcement Agency.
By Anthony Esposito, Reuters, 20 May 2019
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