Monday, January 30, 2023

US trial of Mexico’s former security secretary begins

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – Given anonymity and extra security, jurors on Monday saw for the first time a rare US trial of a former Mexican cabinet-level official accused of accepting bribes to help drug traffickers Gone was the one he was about to incapacitate.

After kissing his wife and daughters in the courtroom, Genaro Garcia Luna, once Mexico’s top security official, looked at the initial allegations with little reaction. His case covers Mexican politics, its widespread and violent drug trafficking, the uneasy relationship between the two, and the relationship between the United States and Mexico in the fight against drugs and corruption.

Garcia Luna is accused of accepting briefcases full of cash – millions of dollars in all – to allow the infamous Sinaloa Cartel to operate with impunity while shipping tons of cocaine to the United States.

Assistant US Attorney Philip Pilmar told the jury, “The man who was supposed to be in charge of fighting the Sinaloa Cartel was actually their most valuable asset … and with his help the cartel made millions.” He described García Luna as “a man who betrayed both countries: his and ours.”

He said that although García Luna projected himself as a hero of drug control in both countries, he saw to it that the cartels received information about investigations, easy passage of cocaine through police checkpoints and police escorts, and , On occasions, the plates were also members of the cartel. Pilmar said the agents personally delivered drug shipments from the airport and acted as mercenaries to kill people the cartel wanted to disappear.

Garcia Luna has said that it is “false, defamatory and harmful to say that I have ever received material goods from any person, police or criminal group.”

His top lawyer, César de Castro, told jurors that the government’s case was based on “rumors, speculation and the words of some of the world’s top criminals” – cartel members who are scheduled to testify against him.

In his opening statement, the lawyer said, “No money, no photos, no videos, no texts, no emails, no recordings, no documents – no reliable, credible evidence that Genaro Garcia Luna led the cartel.” helped.” He described the case as “a very public and angry display” of the US government’s abandonment of its partner in the fight against drugs.

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