By KELIN DILLON
In the first three years of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) six-year term, Mexico’s Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) has acted in López Obrador’s favor four times at his direct suggestion, leaving the institution’s impartiality in question.
Recently, the FGR announced its case against former Secretary of the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal for illegal enrichment, the same day a video emerged of AMLO’s brother Pio allegedly receiving a cash bribe.
Just last election cycle, the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Electoral Crimes (FEDE) put out an investigation into candidate for governor of Nuevo León at the time Samuel García for electoral crimes. This case conveniently arose less than two months after García released a video publicly of a member of López Obrador’s National Regeneration Movement (Morena), Clara Luz Flores, conversing with a cult leader imprisoned in the United States.
Former Nayarit Governor Roberto Sandoval Castañeda and his daughter Lidy Sandoval López were likewise arrested by the FGR on election day for the crime of operating with resources from illegal origins, spurred on by AMLO’s prodding.
At the beginning of 2020, AMLO publicly complained that the charges of previous Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) Director Emilio Lozoya Austin concerning the bribery of the country’s former presidents, and legislative opponents of Morena, was going too slowly, which the FGR then conveniently sped along.
The FGR is currently run by AMLO’s friend Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero, who’s own credibility has come into question recently thanks to accusations of plagiarism from the academic community and allegations of extortion from his own extended family.