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Mexico will not investigate Calderón despite charges of bribery against one of its ministers

December 18, 2019

López Obrador says that if Mexicans decide in a referendum to investigate this case, they will respect their decision

MEXICO CITY, Dec. 18 (Reuters / EP) –

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced that former President Felipe Calderón will not be investigated despite the fact that his former Minister of Public Security has been accused by the United States of accepting bribes of millions of dollars from a drug cartel.

As noted in his daily press conference on Wednesday, the case will not be investigated because “it would generate the perception that it is being done for political purposes.”

After the arrest last week of former Minister of Public Security Genaro García Luna, the Mexican government had the option to study this case or leave the matter to the US justice.

The president has stressed that the Mexican Prosecutor's Office will limit itself to cooperating with the US authorities in the investigation of García Luna, who renounced his right to have a hearing for his detention in a federal court in Dallas.

“If they decide to open the case, it is a decision of an independent authority,” said the Mexican president.

López Obrador has considered that it is better to look to the future instead of anchoring in the past, but he has insisted that if the Mexicans decide in a referendum to investigate the ex-presidents, their Government will respect that decision.

García Luna is accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel, once headed by Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzmán, now imprisoned in the United States.