Thursday, February 9, 2023

What happened on the first day of the former Mexican security secretary’s trial in NY

NEW YORK — Given anonymity and extra security, jurors watched for the first time a rare trial in the United States on a former Mexican official accused of taking bribes to help drug traffickers he was supposed to incapacitate.

After kissing his wife and daughters in the courtroom, Genaro García Luna, who was Mexico’s top security official during the government of Felipe Calderón (2006–2012), met 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 total – 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.

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

His top lawyer, Cesar 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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