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A-G shakeup part of corruption probe

Charges pending against 126 staff following five months of investigations

More details surfaced today surrounding the shake-up of the federal Attorney General’s office (PGR): five months of investigations have revealed cases of illicit gain, extortion and other crimes by staff within the department.

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What was reported yesterday as a move to professionalize the administration of the criminal justice system is in fact an effort to combat corruption.

The head of the PGR’s internal affairs department said in an interview with El Universal that 87 investigations of 126 civil servants have been submitted to the courts since April. Among them are 25 agents of the Public Prosecutor, 42 agents of the Federal Ministerial Police, four senior managers, 12 middle managers and 29 employees at the administrative level.

All are presumed responsible for various crimes.

Asked if the effort was a serious one, César Alejandro Chávez Flores of internal affairs insisted that the drive to combat corruption at the PGR was not a campaign but an institutional attitude change that must become permanent.

He said that more cases of illegal activity were being uncovered as a result of the reconfiguration of the internal affairs department.

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A greater emphasis on intelligence work has led to accusations of illicit gain against two agents of the Public Prosecutor, two Federal Ministerial Police officers and a director general.

Among the crimes being uncovered are cases of extortion in which payment is demanded of individuals to avoid investigations which in fact do not exist, or to prevent charges from being laid. Others included illegal arrest and arresting foreign nationals without allowing them to contact embassy or consular officials.

The internal affairs investigations have also revealed the use of madrinas, individuals who have no official connection with police or investigators but are hired as auxiliaries to carry out illicit activities on their behalf.

Often dressed in police uniforms, they are tasked with making contact with extortion victims to protect the identity of corrupt officials.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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  • James Smith

    We will check back in 6 months for a status report. Won’t hold my breath. Standard procedure when S hits the fan for the higher ups, to avoid the smell reaching up to their level, to make a lot of noise about rooting out the corruption. Never goes anywhere except the trash can. Like I said…we will wait and see.

    • Beau

      Negative Nancy

      • James Smith

        You obviously know nothing of the reality of the federal government in Mexico.

  • bob neun

    It sounds more like consolidating the bribes.Mexico is not alone, in the 35 countries I have been in it is the same.

    • Henry Wilson

      Unless those 35 countries are all in Africa or Latin America, the stats prove you wrong. See, http://www.transparency.org.

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