Lopez Obrador wants narco-linked witness to testify against Calderon and Fox


Mexico’s former security czar convicted this week of helping cartel members distribute illegal drugs to the US should testify against the leaders he served under, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said.

Genaro Garcia Luna, who on Tuesday was found guilty of conspiracy counts for distributing cocaine and engaging in a criminal enterprise by a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, could provide evidence against Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderon, Mexico’s presidents from 2000 to 2012, Lopez Obrador said.

“If he can give information that will help combat narco-trafficking and about the criminal association between authorities and criminals, that would be very good, regardless of whether they reduce his years in prison,” AMLO, as the president is known, told reporters during his morning press conference Wednesday.

Mexico’s president hailed the trial’s outcome as a step toward rooting out corruption in his country, while also saying he would not bring a criminal case against Fox and Calderon at the moment, or seek the extradition of Garcia Luna while his sentencing is pending.

The case has shaken Mexico’s political class as Garcia Luna, who led Calderon’s bloody war against the cartels earlier this century, is the highest-ranking Mexican official to be convicted for narco association in the US. AMLO has regularly mentioned the trial at his daily conferences as an example of the corruption that flourished under previous governments.

Calderon said in a statement late Tuesday that the case is being used to attack him politically and defended his decision to fight criminal groups during his years as president.

Source: El Financiero

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