The former president of Mexico Felipe Calderon (2006-2012) distanced himself this Tuesday from the former Secretary of Security, Genaro Garcia Lunafound guilty of drug trafficking by an American jury, by assuring that he “never” made deals with crime.
“I never negotiated or agreed with criminals. I never used the presidential inauguration to advocate for their interests”, Calderón, from the National Action Party (right).
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García Luna is considered the architect of the war against drugs launched by Calderón in his government, which has left some 340,000 dead to date, the majority attributed to organized crime.
Calderón maintained that “in an environment of polarization and harassment, the decision (of the US jury) is already being used politically” against him.
“Especially for those who questioned my government’s decision to act against crime”, continued the former president.
Former Minister García Luna was found guilty this Tuesday by a jury of NY of participating in an ongoing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to distribute, possess, and import cocaine, and forgery.
In this regard, the government of the left-wing president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador considered that with the verdict it was made “justice”.
“Justice has arrived for whoever was a squire” de Calderón, the presidential spokesman wrote on Twitter Jesus Ramirez.
The highest-ranking former official sitting on the US justice bench was accused of protecting the Sinaloa cartel of Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman in exchange for millionaire bribes to send drugs to USA from 2001 to 2012.
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“I fought all those who threaten Mexico, including, of course, the so-called Pacific cartel”, Calderón said about the also known as the Sinaloa Cartel.
The sentence for García Luna will be known on June 27. The defense now has 45 days to appeal the jury’s ruling.
The Mexican government, which has asked the United States for his extradition, also claims 700 million dollars allegedly embezzled by the former Secretary of Public Security.
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