AMLO witch hunt; goes after foreign businesses and political adversaries for financing “Populism in Latin America”


The Specialized Prosecutor for Combating Corruption has sent official letters to numerous institutions to certify all the financial movements of companies and individuals involved in alleged illicit conduct for the financing of “Populism in Latin America”

Mexico City, February 17. The Spanish transnational OHL, one of Enrique Peña Nieto‘s favorites and involved in bribery scandals against politicians in that country and Mexico, is in trouble: It is one of the eight companies and 11 executives and businessmen investigated by the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) for allegedly committing several crimes in the millionaire financing of the documentary “Populism in Latin America” against President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

AMLO reacciona con furia por exhibición de “El Populismo en América Latina”  - La Otra Opinión

The FGR accelerated the investigations against several executives of OHL, now called Aleática, including Sergio Hidalgo Monroy Portillo, the former general director in Mexico accused of transferring 186 million pesos to the Information and Analysis Projects Firm SA de CV, owned by Federico Berrueto Pruneda, who in turn passed 47 million 900 thousand pesos to Grupo TV Promo SA de CV and TV Promo SA de CV, owned by Alejandro Jesús Quintero Iñiguez, former Televisa executive and adviser to Peña Nieto, for the making of the documentary

Berrueto Pruneda, identified by the FGR as a key figure in this business network that involves one of the most abusive Spanish companies in Mexico, has worked for PRI campaigns and is also a partner in the company Gabinete de Comunicación Estratégica (GCE), whose president is Liébano Sáinz, who was the private secretary of Ernesto Zedillo in the Presidency of Mexico.

The Specialized Prosecutor for the Fight against Corruption, headed by María de la Luz Mijangos, has sent letters to numerous institutions, which she obtained, however, to accredit all the financial movements of the companies and characters involved in alleged illicit conduct for the financing of “Populism in Latin America” which, according to López Obrador, was part of the dirty war strategy against him in the 2018 campaign.

The trades issued to the institutions on the legal persons investigated. Photo: Special

The investigation folder FED/FECC-CDMX/0000764/2020 identifies 11 people and eight companies involved in the plot to prepare the documentary, between 2017 and 2018, with the alleged purpose of preventing the triumph of López Obrador, who during his campaign He promised to put an end to corruption, including that of Spanish companies.

Although the documentary was not shown as planned, on the Cinépolis chain of Alejandro Ramírez, former president of the Mexican Business Council, it was widely disseminated in the media and propaganda, including television, where the image of López was shown. Obrador, nominated by the “Together We Will Make History” coalition, as a “populist” leader and “furious redeemer.”

The trades issued to the institutions on the natural persons investigated. Photo: Special.

The National Electoral Institute (INE) and the Electoral Court of the Judicial Power of the Federation (TEPJF) sanctioned Quintero Íñiguez and Mónica Bolaños Cacho Albarrán for making the documentary against López Obrador, as well as Javier García Mata and Piña Digital S de RL de CV for hiring fidusion spaces illegally.

But now the FGR is going for 11 involved in the financing of the documentary for having allegedly committed several crimes:

1.- Sergio Hidalgo Monroy Portillo, former CEO of OHL-Mexico.
2.- Jesús Campos López, technical director of OHL.
3.- Jacinto Rafael Villafañez Estébal, economic and administrative director of OHL.
4.- Adolfo Enrique Soto Vila, legal representative of the company Obrascón Huarte Lain, SA, a subsidiary of OHL.
5.- Rafael Gutiérrez Apolinario Fernández de Sousa, representative of Obrascón Huarte Lain, SA, a subsidiary of OHL.
6.- Manuel Crespo Muñoz, head of the OHL Project Risk Management Service.
7.- Federico Berrueto Pruneda, a shareholder of the Law Firm of Information and Analysis Projects SA de CV
8.- María del Carmen Andrea Vara Alcerreca, deputy general director and legal representative of the Information and Analysis Projects Firm SA de CV
9.- Agustín Espinosa Nerváez
10.- Carlos Román Hernández
11.- Claudia Elizabeth Gómez Sabanero

The television series that was heavily promoted on public transport buses in Mexico City, between April and May 2018. Photo: Special.

The FGR is also investigating the following companies for having participated in the allegedly illicit financing scheme for the documentary. They are the following:

1.- OHL Concessions Mexico, S.AB. de CV and/or Aleática, S.AB de CV. Spanish company that enjoys the concessions for the Circuito Exterior Mexiquense and the Viaducto Bicentenario, both works in the State of Mexico.
two,. Rincón, Mayorga, Román, Trial Lawyers, SC
3.- Constructora de Proyectos Viales de México, SA de CV
4.- Obrascón, Huarte Lain, SA, a subsidiary of OHL-Aleática.
5.- Law Firm of Projects and Analysis, SA de CV, Berrueto Pruneda companies.
6.- Apolo Integral Consulting, SA de CV
7.- Service and Professional Consulting, SA de CV
8.- Professional Consulting Milbank, SC

The FGR investigation began as a result of two complaints filed, in March 2019, by Santiago Nieto Castillo, then head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF), who identified the financial movements related to the documentary and the INE sanctions. and the TEPJF, which led to a jurisprudence stating that the FIU reports are public documentaries with full probative value, unless there is evidence to the contrary.

During the 2018 presidential campaign, López Obrador denounced that the documentary that was not finally screened at Cinépolis, owned by Alejandro Ramírez, was part of a dirty campaign against him, just like the Pejeleaks portal.

As part of this black campaign, apocryphal materials were generated with close associates of the historian Enrique Krauze and with the financing of the tycoon Agustín Coppel, as the coordinator of the campaign, Tatiana Clouthier, also denounced.

Alvaro Delgado Gomez
Álvaro Delgado Gómez is a journalist, born in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, in 1966. He started in 1986 as a reporter and has worked in the newsrooms of El Financiero, El Nacional and El Universal. 
In November 1994 he joined the weekly Proceso as a reporter, where he was head of Political Information and specialized in the coverage of political affairs. 
He has written several books, including El Yunque, the extreme right in power (Plaza and Janés); 
The Army of God (Plaza and Janés) and The Deceit. 
Preaching and practice of the PAN (Grijalbo). 
The kneaded. 
The Peña-Calderón secret pact and other PAN betrayals (Editorial Proceso) is his most recent book.

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