Monday, June 17, 2024

Navy chief apologizes for calling judges enemies of the state

Almost three months after describing the judicial branch of government as an enemy of the state, navy chief José Rafael Ojeda offered a public apology for his remarks on Wednesday.

Speaking at President López Obrador’s morning press conference on May 21, Ojeda declared that it seemed the judiciary was the enemy of the state in many organized crime cases because it had freed many suspected criminals, especially alleged drug traffickers.   

Yesterday he apologized for his comments at a criminal justice system workshop at which judges including Supreme Court Chief Justice Arturo Zaldívar were in attendance.

“… I want to make a public apology to those who deserve it because there are good judges and good attorney general’s offices, and there is good social justice,” the navy minister said.

“But we also have certain problems within this branch [of government],” he added.

Ojeda also said that the navy is committed to working with other Mexicans institutions, including the judiciary, to combat problems that the nation faces.

“We want to open the bridge of communication toward a multilateral dialogue that allows us to work in close collaboration [with other institutions],” he said.

“… We want to understand them but we also want them to understand us. … In addition to receiving this judicial system training, we want to be given the opportunity to allow you to understand our conduct in the military field, why it is necessary to maintain discipline, loyalty and duty, why we must be as we are,” Ojeda said.

For his part, Zaldívar asserted that the various institutions of the Mexican state are not at odds with each other but rather working together toward a common goal.

“The different authorities and institutions of the Mexican state are not opposed to each other. We have the same aim, we’re on the same side. We have different roles and responsibilities but not conflicting ones,” he said.

“…  I have no doubt that [the] constructive dialogue and [mutual] trust that we have strengthened, not just at an institutional level but also at a personal one, will allow us to move toward a fairer and freer country, in peace and harmony,” the chief justice said.

“I thank Admiral Rafael Ojeda for his kind public apology to the federal judicial power. … We will continue to favor institutional dialogue for the benefit of the people of Mexico,” Zaldívar subsequently remarked on Twitter.

With reports from El Universal 

Have something to say? Paid Subscribers get all access to make & read comments.
Two damaged SUVs after a car accident.

President-elect Sheinbaum unharmed after a deadly accident involving her motorcade

0
The crash killed an elderly woman and injured another person. No injuries were reported among Sheinbaum and her team.
Young fruit seller looks at his cell phone in Mexico City

Over 80% of Mexicans are now internet users, up 9.7 points from 2020

0
Connectivity has increased steadily in Mexico, particularly among the young, though there is still a digital divide between urban and rural areas.
A lake with low water levels in Toluca

Below-average rainfall worsens drought conditions as Mexico awaits summer rains

2
The country is in the grip of one of the worst droughts in the last decade, with half the usual amount of rain so far this year.