Mexico Slammed by DOJ After Documents Released in Drug CaseJanuary 23, 2021
TheU.S. Department of Justice criticized Mexico’s decision to publish information the agency says was given in confidence, and questioned whether the countries should continue to share documents.
In a statement, a department spokesperson said the DOJ was “deeply disappointed” in Mexico’s decision to close an investigation into former Defense Minister General Salvador Cienfuegos, who was arrested in 2020 on charges of working with drug traffickers.
Charges were dropped in the U.S. at Mexico’s request, and the general was sent to Mexico to be investigated by local authorities in November.
On Friday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the U.S. case against Cienfuegos had been fabricated, and that the evidence had no value. The nation’s Foreign Affairs Ministry then released751 pages of evidence put together by the U.S. that was meant to assist Mexican investigators.
“Publicizing such information violates the Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance between Mexico and the United States,” a Department of Justice spokesperson said in a statement. The decision also “calls into question whether the United States can continue to share information to support Mexico’s own criminal investigations.”
En cumplimiento de la instrucción presidencial de este 15 de enero, se hace del conocimiento público la información sobre el caso del General retirado Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda.
https://bit.ly/3nNYdwW10:31 PM · Jan 15, 2021
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