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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Mexican President Refuses to Stop Investigation Against his Predecessor

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said during a Monday morning press conference in Mexico City that he will not slow any criminal investigation into former President Enrique Peña Nieto, despite the calls from numerous lawmakers of the Mexican opposition and his party Morena to stop the probe against the conservative leader.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said during a Monday morning press conference in Mexico City that he will not slow any criminal investigation into former President Enrique Peña Nieto, despite the calls from numerous lawmakers of the Mexican opposition and his party Morena to stop the probe against the conservative leader.

When a reporter asked if he might stop a corruption investigation into his predecessor, President Lopez Obrador said, “no, I can’t do that,” pointing out the “independence and autonomy” of the attorney general’s office.

“The investigation would have to be carried out, and judges will determine if Peña Nieto should be tried or if he can be tried under the current legal framework,” he added.

President Lopez Obrador has long insisted that Mexico’s attorney general, who is a political appointee, is independent and controls every single aspect of criminal investigations and prosecutions.

 During the first two years of his six-year term, the leftist leader has made combating graft a top priority, and has signaled full support for a referendum in 2021 that would pave the way for former presidents to stand trial.

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