By KELIN DILLON
Just days after Mexico’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) publicly revealed the excessive spending habits of controversial Attorney General (FGR) Alejandro Gertz Manero, details about the documents Gertz’s own in-laws delivered to the FIU outlining his irregular financial practices surrounding some $7.9 million have come to light.
The FIU was previously asked to investigate Gertz for illegal enrichment by the family of his niece, Alejandra Cuevas, whom Gertz had imprisoned using his power after accusing her of contributing to his brother’s (and her father’s) death – charges that were later dropped by a federal judge due to being “inconsistent, contradictory and lacking any legal motivation.”
According to the in-laws, Gertz had abused his power to gain all of his brother’s assets upon his passing, shutting out the rest of his family, including his deceased brother’s wife and children, in favor of his own enrichment.
Alonso Castillo Cuevas, Cuevas’ son, has accused Gertz of sending his mother to jail in an attempt to disguise his purportedly illegal enrichment, and ultimately spearheaded the delivery of the account statements to the FIU on Sept. 22.
The statements detail Gertz’s transfer of $7.9 million between Panamanian and Swiss bank accounts, two well-known tax havens.
Now, Gertz’s in-laws are also championing the Attorney General’s impeachment, with several members of the family presenting a formal petition to the Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday, Dec. 7, requesting a political trial against the official.