FGR to Pursue Legal Action over García Luna Warrant Denial
By KELIN DILLON
Following the news that the Mexican First Collegiate Court of Appeal in Criminal Matters of the First Circuit confirmed Judge Gerardo Alarcón López’s rejection of an arrest warrant against former Secretary of Public Security Genaro García Luna, Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (FGR) announced it will be pursuing legal action against the Collegiate Court and Alarcón López for “acting against the administration of justice” on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
García Luna, who served as Secretary of Public Security under the administration of former Mexican President Felipe Calderón, is accused of illegal enrichment for the sum of 43 million pesos between 2000 and 2012.
“After having obtained from a control judge an arrest warrant for illicit enrichment against Genaro ‘G’ for having discovered an unjustified income, initially, of more than 43 million pesos during his management as a public servant in the period from 2000 to 2012, and without them appearing in his tax and asset declarations, which is confirmed by expert accounting procedures, now, the First Collegiate Court of Appeal in Criminal Matters of the First Circuit decided that the judicial order obtained is denied,” said the FGR in a statement Tuesday.
“As a result of the above, the legal procedure will be initiated against the District Judge, Gerardo Genaro Alarcón López, who initially denied the order, and the magistrates who confirmed said refusal, since they acted against the administration of justice,” continued the FGR.
Now, the FGR will pursue action against Alarcón López and First Collegiate Court of Appeal in Criminal Matters of the First Circuit judges Alberto Torres Villanueva, Manuel Bárcena Villanueva and Gabriela Guadalupe Rodríguez Escobar for purported violations of article 224 of Mexico’s Federal Penal Code.
The FGR went on to note that while the court confirmed the rejection of the arrest warrant against García Luna in question, three more arrest warrants are still pending against the former Secretary of Public Security under charges of arms trafficking, illegal prison contracts, organized crime and money laundering.