Councilors in Ensenada vote to abolish the fuero. Councilors in Ensenada vote to take away their protection from prosecution.

Baja California says goodbye to the fuero

Another state puts an end to giving officials immunity from prosecution

Immunity against prosecution for public officials is slowly being phased out in Mexico, state by state.


Baja California is the latest state to abolish the practice of granting such immunity, known as the fuero.

After voting unanimously on the issue March 9, the state Congress needed the approval of three of the state’s five municipal councils to carry out the necessary constitutional reforms.

Since then, the councils of Mexicali, Ensenada and Tecate have voted in favor of the proposal, and the local Congress can now send the law to the state governor for signature.

The whole process should be completed by the next congressional session on Monday, estimated the president of the Baja California Chamber of Deputies, Ignacio García Dworak.

Elsewhere, the states of Jalisco, Veracruz, Querétaro and Campeche have eliminated the fuero for government officials and Mexico City’s new constitution has been drawn up without the measure.

At the federal level, the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto signed an agreement in 2012, known as Pacto por México, or Pact for Mexico, that called for the elimination of the fuero, but discussions are bogged down in Congress.

There is disagreement over whether the president should retain the immunity from prosecution. The governing Institutional Revolutionary Party says yes but the other parties say no.

Source: Milenio (sp), CNN Expansión (sp)

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  • Güerito

    If you don’t get rid of the impunity, it means nothing to remove the immunity.

    • RickDrake

      The definition of impunity…wealth.

      • Güerito

        Not really. It means “exemption or freedom from punishment.”

        Wealth leads to impunity if the criminal justice system is corrupt. Political power, even without great wealth, can also lead to impunity, if the criminal justice is corrupt.

        In Mexico, politicians are both very wealthy and very politically powerful. And the criminal justice system is completely corrupted. That’s why even doing away with the fuero may not solve the problem of the failure to hold Mexican politicos accountable for their criminal actions (impunity)

  • Geoffrey Rogg

    This should be a Federal mandate because those states with the highest use, better abuse, of “fuero” such as Jalisco are not listed among those likely to suspend its use and foreign investors are easy prey of scammers, including from Calgary, who bribe local administrations to legalize the illegal at the end of their terms of office, knowing that the bribed officials cannot be prosecuted once they leave office and when all files of dubious activities mysteriously disappear. This true of major tourist destinations such as Puerto Vallarta. Yes I can name names for anyone interested but privately, not on social media.

  • delmaracer

    This whole issue would be pretty funny if it wasn’t so detrimental to the country. It was drawn up and constitutionalize by the criminal politicians of Mexico so they could rule without fear of prosecution from their illegal and illicit acts and activities. And the repeal of this law is called progress? The larger question should be How Do You constitutionalize illegal behavior in a “Democracy”, at least the Democracy Mexico has?