The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, asked this Thursday that “the law be applied” in the case of his brother Pío López Obrador, who allegedly received bribes in 2015 during the electoral campaign of the state of Chiapas, like anyone else .
“Let the law be applied like any other citizen, even if it is my brother and let the public ministries and judges decide“defended the president in his morning press conference at the National Palace.
López Obrador assured that under his government, which began at the end of 2018, “there is no nepotism, cronyism or influentialism.”
“I will not protect any corrupt, I am not anyone’s cover, even if it is my family, “he added.
On August 20, two videos were leaked in which Pío López Obrador, the president’s brother, in 2015 received packages with what seemed like money from David León, who years later was appointed national coordinator of Civil Protection in the López government. Obrador.
Those involved claimed at the time that the money was not of illegal origin, but to finance the campaign of his party, the now ruling National Regeneration Movement (Morena), to the local elections in the state of Chiapas that were to be held that year.
As published this Thursday by the local press, Pío López Obrador would have asked the Electoral Court to archive the case considering it a prescribed subject.
“I am not getting involved in this, let the competent authority decide. I am not going to speak to a judge, a minister or a prosecutor,” said López Obrador, questioned about this matter.
On October 19, The president regretted that his brother had denounced the journalist Carlos Loret de Mola, who published the videos of Pío López Obrador and David León.
“I do not agree with him, I believe that a punishment like this should not be requested for anyone and more if he is my brother. Because that is used by my adversaries against me and the government that I represent,” he said.
These recordings came to light last August in the midst of a video scandal war between the ruling party and the opposition.
Days before, some recordings allegedly showed legislators from the opposition National Action Party (PAN) receiving bags of money from the Odebrecht plot in 2013 to approve the energy reform of then-president Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018).