(CNN Spanish) — In Mexico, public opinion is following with great interest the trial launched in the United States against Genaro García Luna. The former secretary of public security is accused of corruption and drug trafficking. There are expectations regarding possible disclosures of information that may arise during the process and the scope and impact of which are still unknown.
Security and drug trafficking have historically been two of the main challenges on the bilateral agenda between Mexico and the United States… issues that are now under scrutiny due to the US trial of former Secretary of State García Luna.
Mexico’s former Attorney General Ignacio Morales Lechuga believes that the process against the former official raises questions about the cooperation between the two countries in the matter of security.
“Now, the findings or the results before a highly politicized government like Mexico would certainly take advantage of the moment to assign additional responsibilities to previous administrations,” he says.
Others, for their part, believe that the trial has great political relevance for the country.
“I believe that not only is the sentence going to be relevant, but the documents and evidence that appear during this trial, and that may implicate not only Genaro García Luna, but certain other officers as well. may have been at the same level or perhaps his superiors in government when he exercised these functions, corroborating José Antonio Ortega of the Citizens’ Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice.
García Luna served as Mexico’s Secretary of Public Security between 2006 and 2012 during the presidency of Felipe Calderón.
In 2019, seven years after leaving office, he was arrested in Dallas, Texas, and accused of accepting million-dollar bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel, led by drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán established criminal organization, was also imprisoned in the United States. State..
Garcia Luna has always maintained his innocence of all charges.
Guillermo Valdés – during the García Luna administration – was director of the now-defunct Center for Investigation and National Security, SISSEN, a civilian intelligence agency of the Mexican government:
“We had counterclaims, for example, in the case of corruption in the Secretary of Public Security. An investigation was carried out, some issues of corruption of security officials were found, but Genaro could never be linked to those acts of corruption in the Secretary of Public Security. There was not, and I say this and I admit it, an accurate test to say whether or not this guy is connected to ‘El Chapo’.
Some experts believe that the García Luna case has exposed cracks in Mexican security policy through which the scourge of corruption continues to penetrate.
“One of the key issues here is that different ways of forming and implementing the security policy should be established, that in the country we have not been able to build strategic and operational plans that would allow diversifying the implementation of this policy and that this measure minimizes the risks of co-optation and corruption, as well as infiltration into security structures,” says Armando Rodríguez, an expert on national security issues.
But beyond the consequences that the Garcia Luna trial could have for Mexico, the truth is that it is still difficult to understand how one of the country’s most powerful police officers and who was in charge of fighting the drug at the time united The cartel is being tried for drug trafficking in the United States.
A former officer who, if convicted, could spend years in prison or face life in prison.