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.
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.
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)