After President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported that a federal judge denied issuing an arrest warrant against Luis Videgaray Caso, the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) indicated that it has not been notified of such rejection.
“They informed me that a request in this regard was made to the Judiciary, but the request was rejected because a judge considered that the investigation or the request that was being made was not well integrated, and I understand that the judge returned that request to the prosecution, I do not know if in a definitive way or to complement it.
“In these cases, it is always a matter of repairing or supplementing if the investigation is poorly integrated. That is a function of the judge, who does not admit it because he considers that the request of the prosecution, of the Ministry, is not solid or does not have all the elements Public, “said the President in his morning conference.
Last Monday, the journalist Carlos Loret, columnist for EL UNIVERSAL, announced that the Attorney General’s Office presented before a judge a request for an arrest warrant against Videgaray, but it was not granted, so he “withdrew to rearm the petition. and try again to get the order. “
On the Latinus site, by journalist Loret de Mola, it is stated that according to the document, the prosecution seeks to accuse Videgaray of an electoral crime, two crimes of bribery, one of criminal association and one of treason, five in total .
Documents indicate that in the investigation folder FED / SEIDF / CGI-CD-MX- /00-865 / 2020, made up of the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Federal Crimes Investigation (SEIDF), the FGR identified Videgaray for criminal association, electoral crimes, treason and two counts of bribery.
The investigation folder was initiated by the complaint that the former director of Petróleos Mexicanos Emilio Lozoya presented against Videgaray Caso, three former presidents of the Republic and other officials and former public officials whom he pointed out to participate in acts of corruption.
“I request by this free way an arrest warrant against Luis Videgaray Case for (…) electoral crime (…); bribery (participant) (…); bribery (material perpetrator) (…); treason ( …), And criminal association “, says the application.
“For the release of the arrest warrant, the verification of the body of the crime or the justification of the probable responsibility is no longer required, but the existence of data that establishes that an act that the law designates as a crime has been committed.”
This Tuesday, through a statement, the FGR reported that the federal Public Ministry has not received any rejection of the petition to capture Videgaray. He recalled that due to the secrecy of the investigations, he cannot provide information on the case.
“When the results of the actions of the FGR in this matter can be made public, that duty will be fulfilled immediately,” said the body headed by Alejandro Gertz.
In its petition, the Attorney General’s Office identified Luis Videgaray as the material author of bribery, criminal association and treason, and as a partner in bribery and electoral crimes, which he allegedly committed with intent.
If the FGR succeeds in bringing Videgaray to trial for these crimes, he could face up to 89 years in prison in maximum penalties.
The electoral crime that is sought to be carried out is provided for in article 406, section VII of the Federal Criminal Code, which establishes up to six years in prison for a party official or candidate who obtains and uses funds from illegal activities for the electoral campaign.
For each bribery crime, the code establishes maximum penalties of 14 years in prison, while for criminal association the greatest punishment is 10 years and is increased by half because Videgaray Caso was a public official when he allegedly committed the acts.
For the first time in this administration, the FGR tries to establish the crime of treason against a former official.
For this crime, the Federal Criminal Code establishes a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, so that in sum the former Secretary of State could face up to 89 years in prison.
On August 11, Alejandro Gertz Manero, head of the FGR, reported that Emilio Lozoya filed a complaint of facts “regarding his participation in the Odebrecht case.”
That day Gertz Manero said that Lozoya accused “a series of bribes” for an amount that exceeds 100 million pesos, which were used for the presidential campaign of Enrique Peña Nieto.
According to Lozoya’s complaint, Peña Nieto and Luis Videgaray ordered him to hand over the money to foreign electoral advisers who collaborated in the 2012 presidential campaign.
A week later, after the Lozoya complaint was known, Videgaray said that the accusations of the former Pemex official are “absurd, reckless and inconsistent”, as well as false.
Through social networks, Videgaray said that August 20 that the accusations against him are “lies invented to try to free the consequences of their actions” and that the only person responsible for what his sister, mother and wife now face is the former head of Pemex.