Scherer Denounces Gertz Manero for Influence Peddling, Abuse of Power

Mexican Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero. Photo: Google


Just one month after Mexico’s Supreme Court (SCJN) dismissed Federal Attorney General (FGR) Alejandro Gertz Manero’s unfounded case against his in-laws for the alleged “negligent homicide” of his 82-year-old brother, who died in hospital from a heart attack stemming from a chronic heart condition in 2015, Julio Scherer Ibarra, former legal adviser to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), filed a legal demand Friday, April 22, against the Gertz Manero for influence peddling.

The accusation alleges a modus operandi of abuse of power and other criminal behavior attributed to Gertz Manero and several of his legal associates.

The charges specifically address the alleged maneuvers that the prosecutor has used from the FGR to “litigate personal cases and obtain benefits,” a direct reference to Gertz Manero’s persecution of his in-laws, whose assets he ceased while throwing his 69-year-old niece Alejandra Cuevas in prison and trying to arrest his 94-year-old sister-in-law.

The filed charges also incriminate as Gertz Manero’s co-defendant Deputy Attorney for Competence Control of the Prosecutor’s Office Juan Ramos López, naming him as the prosecutor’s “right arm.”

“The Attorney General of the Republic, Alejandro Gertz Manero; the Prosecutor for Competence Control, Mr. Juan Ramos López, and other public servants of the institution must answer … for the faults, omissions and serious systematic violations of human rights, of the law to the detriment of the undersigned and of other persons, as well as to the principles that should have governed their actions,” the complaint reads.

Likewise, Scherer Ibarra accused Gertz Manero and four lawyers who worked for AMLO’s administration of “the crimes of influence peddling, extortion, money laundering and organized crime.”

In the complaint, Scherer Ibarra calls Gertz Manero a “partial, vengeful and poisoned” man who has used the FGR to litigate his personal affairs, such as the case of Alejandra Cuevas and her mother.

Immediately after Scherer Ibarra filed the complaint against Gertz Manero, there were renewed cries across Mexico calling for the attorney general’s immediate resignation.

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