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La Jornada: FGR challenges five Conacyt scientists

Cesar Arellano and Gustavo Castillo

Newspaper La Jornada
Thursday, January 26, 2023, p. 14

The Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) challenged the decision of Federal Judge Gregorio Salazar Hernández, attached to the Federal Criminal Justice Center in the State of Mexico with residence in the municipality of Almoloa de Juárez (Altiplano), which removed the scientists from the Council. acquitted. The National Institute of Science and Technology (Konacit), accused of organized crime and money laundering for alleged illegal contributions to the technical institute for 244 million pesos, confirmed sources close to the matter.

The litigation will be sent to a collegiate court to decide in the next few days whether to confirm, quash, or modify the justice provider’s determination.

José Franco and Gabriela Dutrenit Bayles, former coordinators of the Consultative Forum on Science and Technology (FCCT), scientist and researcher Julia Taguéna Parga, former deputy director of CONCET, issued the definitive accusations.

The investigative folder opened against the scientists was initiated by the Special Prosecutor for Organized Crime Investigations and includes the possible commission of crimes related to illegal origination, embezzlement and handling of organized crime resources.

In 2020, the first investigation began, which was not prosecuted, and a new investigation was launched in early 2021, which was the basis for action by the Ministry of Public Health.

In a hearing on January 13, 2023, federal judge Gregorio Salazar Hernandez decided to dismiss criminal proceedings in favor of five of the 31 scientists investigated by the FGR for offenses of organized crime, money laundering and corruption.

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