Arturo Sanchez Jimenez
Newspaper La Jornada
Saturday April 23, 2022, p. 7
One of those involved in the corruption network that allegedly diverted public resources for 5 thousand 73 million pesos from the Social Development Secretariat (Sedesol) in the six-year term of Enrique Peña Nieto – a case for which the former head of the agency, Rosario Robles, is prosecuted – was definitively sanctioned with the disqualification for 10 years to perform in public service and fined 370 million pesos.
This is the former general director of Community Development of Rosario Robles, José Israel Torres Gutiérrez, involved in the payment of 601 million pesos to Radio and Television of Hidalgo for services that were not provided.
The Ministry of Public Function (SFP), headed by Roberto Salcedo Aquino, referred yesterday in a statement, in which it did not mention the name of the sanctioned person, that after the legal defense that was carried out before various instances, the sanctions that the Internal Control Body (OIC) of the then Sedesol –currently the Welfare Secretariat– imposed the former public servant.
In September 2018, the OIC of Sedesol determined to sanction Torres Gutiérrez for irregularities in the documentation of the provision of services for carrying out campaigns on Radio and Television in Hidalgo, in addition to authorizing that the payment be made from a not applicable for contracted services.
The former member of the Robles team challenged the sanction in 2019; however, in January 2020, the superior chamber of the Federal Court of Administrative Justice decided to recognize the validity of the resolution.
Given this, Torres Gutiérrez requested an amparo, which was denied by the eighteenth collegiate court in administrative matters of the first circuit. He then filed an appeal for review before the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, which finally decided to dismiss it as inadmissible, because it was not a properly constitutional matter.
The SFP added in the statement that the OIC determined the sanctions in accordance with the legislation in force at the time the events occurred, after having violated the Federal Law of Administrative Responsibilities of Public Servants.