In Mexico, the anti-corruption campaign “AMLO” threatens its predecessor

The noose is tightening around former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018). Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office has opened an investigation into illegal money transfers revealed by the Financial Intelligence Unit on Thursday, July 7. This is the first time that the current president’s anti-corruption campaign, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (“AMLO”) has threatened his predecessor. The controversy revolves around the political goals of this accusation.

The former president received 26 million pesos [1,2 million d’euros] Through international transfers made between 2019 and 2021”UIF Director Pablo Gomez said Thursday at AMLO’s daily press conference. Mr. Gomez clarified that Mr. Peña Nieto is a suspect Possession of illegal funds Between Mexico and Spain, where the former president has lived since the end of his term. The complaint filed in the wake of the UIF with the Federal Prosecutor’s Office also relates to the triangulation of suspicious funds, between 2015 and 2021, by two companies linked to Mr Peña Nieto.

Mr. Gomez did not name these companies out of respect for legal process. But he said one of them was “They benefited from public contracts worth 10.5 billion pesos.” Under the former president, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI, centre-right), in power for seventy-one years, until 2000, and then from 2012 to 2018.

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This revelation had the effect of a bombshell, as “AMLO” was elected in 2018 on a promise to sever the system of corruption and impunity set up by the Constitutional Revolutionary Party. The center-left nationalist president repeatedly says that Peña Nieto is its last representative “Mafia in power” who accuses him “They looted the state” by creating “Thirty Years of Neoliberal Policies”.

His predecessor is also implicated in other scandals. In the foreground, the Mexican side of the case of the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, which doubled bribes in Latin America. Emilio Lozoya, director of public oil company Pemex from 2012 to 2016, was arrested in 2020 in Spain and then extradited to Mexico, and is behind bars for receiving $10 million (9.8 million euros) from Odebrecht.

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The ex-trust man of Mr. Peña Nieto asserts that, in 2012, part of his money financed his presidential campaign. But for now, the procedure is on hold due to a lack of evidence. The same judicial leniency regarding the case was closed without the “White House” being pursued, the nickname given to the luxury residence that Angelica Rivera, the ex-wife of Mr Peña Nieto, had purchased in Mexico under questionable circumstances.

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