On August 17, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) annulled the arrest warrant against Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca, Governor of Tamaulipas appointed by the General Prosecutor of the Republic (FGR) for alleged crimes of organized crime and operations with illicit resources.
The news reached the ears of the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), who, after being questioned about it by the press, insinuated be dissatisfied with the resolution of the Judiciary. This, despite stressing that the decision “must be respected”since, he recalled, the Supreme Court is the only competent authority in this part of the case.
“It is a decision of the Judiciary. There are things that do not seem to me, as surely to many others, but we have to respect the decision of the Judiciary”.
It should be noted that the Court was unable to exercise criminal appeal in the case, because the Congress of Tamaulipas did not want to homologate the lawlessness that the Chamber of Deputies had approved on April 30, 2021. In this way, the precedent was set on the autonomy of entities.
The controversy that surrounds the also militant of the National Action Party (BREAD) originated from a complaint from the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) – then chaired by Santiago Grandson -, which detected simulation in the purchase-sale of a luxurious apartment through alleged acts of money laundering.
This led to the Chamber of San Lázaro approving the removal of immunity from the governor, so that he could be prosecuted for the possible crime of tax fraud for an amount of 6.5 million pesos. Meanwhile, the Attorney General’s Office requested and obtained an arrest warrant against Cabeza de Vaca for his probable guilt in acts of organized crime and money laundering.
It was thus that – after 15 months later and three times postponed – last Wednesday the ministers approved unanimously the decree by arguing that the rights of the blue and white were violated because the constitutional controversies where the issue of his immunity had to be resolved were ongoing.
However, the Eighth District Judge in Tamaulipas, Faustino Gutierrez Perezstressed that the recent decision does not support immunity from Tamaulipas. A fact that Andrés Manuel did not hesitate to remember during his morning conference:
“The SCJN decides no, agreeing with the Legislative Power only in the case of the arrest warrant. (…) That does not mean impunity. At least that is what I understand”, he declared this August 18 from the National Palace.
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