PULSE NEWS MEXICO
The Prosecutor’s Office of the Mexican Caribbean state of Campeche asked the Federal Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday, Aug. 16, to begin the process to remove the criminal immunity of centralist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) leader and Federal Deputy Alejandro “Alito” Moreno because he is currently being investigated for alleged illicit enrichment, embezzlement and improper use of powers.
According to the Campeche prosecutor, “there is a disproportion” between the income Moreno received and the assets he currently owns, including a mansion in that state valued at 130 million pesos and household items worth 50 million pesos.
“We are requesting the Chamber of Deputies to withdraw the jurisdiction and allow us to continue with the procedural process,” said Campeche Prosecutor Renato Sales.
The Chamber of Deputies immediately began to review the request Tuesday.
On Aug. 10, deputies from Mexico’s National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party, Green Party (PVEM) and Labor Party (PT) convened to remove Moreno as the president of the Senate’s multiparty Government Commission of the Interior, a move expected to be ratified in a plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies once sessions resume in September.
The investigation by the Campeche prosecutor also extends to properties owned by Moreno in other parts of Mexico, and the possible involvement of Moreno’s mother, brother and friends, who allegedly acted as proxies for ownership.
Also being questioned are Moreno’s possession of works by Mexican artists Rodrigo de la Sierra and Fernando Andriacci.
In April, the Campeche Attorney General’s Office opened an investigation folder against the former governor of the state for the crime of illicit enrichment.