Thursday, March 23, 2023

Prosecutor’s Office requests removal of ‘El Quimico’ and governor withdraws charges

In his conclave La Semnera, Governor Rubén Rocha Moya informed that Luis Guillermo Benítez Torres would be removed from the sector leaving him without jurisdiction.

CULIACÁN._ The Sinaloa Attorney General’s Office requested the original declaration against Sinaloa’s Tourism Secretary, Luis Guillermo Benitez Torres, the figure used to remove jurisdiction, for alleged irregular performance of a public ceremony, Governor Ruben Rocha Moya Confirmed.

The request was submitted to the State Congress, an institution that notified the Sinaloa government of the process.

The facts for which Benitez Torres is being investigated are consistent with his period as head of the Mazatlan City Council, a position he left in October 2022 to accept the Secretary of Tourism offered by the governor .

In view of this, Rubén Rocha Moya revealed that Benítez Torres would be removed from office leaving him without jurisdiction and thus speeding up the process, so that from this Tuesday he would remain as ex-official of state.

To report the case, Rocha Moya led a press conference on Tuesday, in line with the format of La Semanera.

The state president revealed that at the time of the conference, which was broadcast on the social networks of the Sinaloa government, he had not met the former mayor of Mazatlán.

“It was through the conference (that Benítez Torres could have known about his dismissal), that if he was watching it, he already knew it,” the governor said.


Since October 2022, the Superior State Audit Office filed a criminal complaint against Benítez Torres for alleged damage to the public treasury of the Mazatlán Municipality due to a contract with Azteca Lighting for the purchase of 2 thousand 60 million 880 Thousand represented 730 pesos. 139 Giants.

On October 25, Benitez Torres left the post of municipal president of Mazatlán to accept the stewardship of the Sinaloa Secretary of Tourism. Edgar Augusto González Zatarán, former secretary of the city council, was declared substitute mayor by the Sinaloa Congress.

On January 4, the State Attorney General, Sara Bruna Quiñones Estrada, revealed that an investigation was being integrated against “El Quimico” for the purchase of vehicles donated for a raffle held on Mother’s Day 2022. by the Mazatlán City Council, a period in which he was still in charge of the municipal administration.

Chemical case to spur law reform

At the request of the state attorney general’s office to challenge “El Quimico” Benitez, and Governor Ruben Rocha Moya’s decision to withdraw the position of tourism secretary, the state government to withdraw the jurisdiction of state officials. Create a reform initiative. ,

Governor Ruben Rocha Moya said the “amendment to the law, which is now to remove the jurisdiction provided by the constitution to the members of the cabinet as well as to the governor.”

“If the President of the Republic himself has requested that his jurisdiction be removed, we are going to make an initiative that we will send to Congress.”

Due to the request to challenge Luis Guillermo Benítez Torres, Rocha Moya removed the former Secretary of Tourism from office in order to accelerate the start of the criminal process that the former Mazatlán mayor would face.

estrada ferrero case

Luis Guillermo Benitez Torres is the second former municipal president in Sinaloa to be outlawed last year, as the former mayor of Culiacan, Jesús Estrada Ferreiro, was removed from office 10 months earlier for two crimes.

Estrada Ferreiro was released in April 2022, for the crimes of irregular performance of a public ceremony, for the direct award of the lease contract of 40 garbage collection trucks for the amount of 117 million pesos, and for the crimes of discrimination for his treatment. was accused of. Municipal police widows.

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