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Thursday 20 of June 2024

The ‘Justice’ of the Attorney General's Office

Former Coahuila Gov. Humberto Moreira has not been judicially prosecuted in Mexico because of embezzlement

According to publicly available information, Humberto Moreira, while being the governor of Coahuila and on behalf of it, obtained bank loans amounting to several billion pesos. But the money was not used in public works (roads, dams, hospitals, schools and housing). And that money is not in the state coffers or bank accounts. Let’s just say it disappeared. Where is it?

There seem to be only two reasonable and logical hypotheses, more or less. Either Moreira used those resources and pocketed them, or he gave that money to his associates in the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in order to finance the party’s presidential campaign in 2012. If the pesos did not go to these places, where are they?

Moreira has not been judicially prosecuted in Mexico because of the embezzlement, which suggests that his associates at the PRI, beneficiaries of this crime, are protecting him. And, as the task to pursue fraudsters is the responsibility of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), headed by Arely Gómez, it is also reasonable to assume that, by herself or obeying orders coming from above, she is covering Moreira’s crime. Is it because of loyalty? Incompetence? Complicity?

During his stay in Spain, Moreira led a life worthy of a pharaoh. He enjoyed luxuries that would have been impossible to pay with his personal savings, if you take into account that a public official is by definition condemned to live in fair economic mediocrity, as Benito Juárez said.

Has Gómez thought about starting an investigation into the disparity between the income and expenses (past and present) of the former governor? It is well known that no one can spend more money than they earn. And this, regardless of the necessary judicial inquiry into the embezzlement of the Coahuila state coffers.

There were also notorious de ciencies on the part of the PGR in investigating the big shots involved with the escape of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera from the Altiplano “maximum security” prison. Or was it the fault of four guards and some middling and obscure officials alone? That assumption is incompatible with the shocking statement by Interior Secretariat Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, who called the escape “treason to Mexico.” Or, perhaps, it is rather treason to the embodiment of Mexico, the leaders of the PRI.

Another thing that doesn’t speak well of the PGR’s capabilities is the absence of results in the investigation to find and punish the perpetrators of the enforced disappearance of the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College.

But, oh, wonder of wonders! What quickness and efficiency when pursuing film actress and producer Kate del Castillo of the tremendous and unforgivable fault of carrying out a journalistic work that displeased those individuals in which, as stated above, the country is embodied. Ah, selective justice! Prison for enemies and protection for friends (or servants, accomplices or partners.)