Georgina Saldierna and Enrique Mendez
Newspaper La Jornada
Wednesday, August 17, 2022, p. 3
Yesterday, the Attorney General of the State of Campeche asked the Chamber of Deputies to establish a trial of provenance to withdraw the constitutional immunity of the leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Rafael Alejandro Moreno Cárdenas, whom he accused of illicit enrichment, a crime that is punishable up to 25 years in prison. The audios leaked by the Governor of Campeche, Layda Sansores, about wing they are not part of the research folder.
The basis for accusing Moreno Cárdenas is the disproportion between his income and one of his properties in Campeche, household items and works of art that he acquired when he was governor of the state, according to the investigation file. The entity’s prosecutor, Renato Sales Heredia, reported that other assets are in the name of the PRI leader’s mother and brother, as well as
friends who acted as proxies.
In addition, the prosecution is investigating another property, a luxury apartment on Emerson Street, in Polanco, Mexico City. Moreno Cárdenas also owns another 250-meter apartment and a three-story house in Bosques de Las Lomas, which has armored walls and glass and where there are guards with long weapons 24 hours a day.
Unusually, the one who reported the delivery of the removal petition was the president of the board of directors of the Chamber of Deputies, Sergio Gutiérrez Luna (Morena), who showed the media the file that Sales Heredia gave him. In accordance with the Constitution and the Organic Law of Congress, Gutiérrez Luna has to ensure the inviolability of the venue and preserve the jurisdiction of the deputies.
The formal procedure foresees that the requests for removal of immunity are delivered to the general secretariat, which in turn turns it over to the investigating section, an instance that one year after the current Legislature has not been integrated.
Gutiérrez Luna – who is in an open campaign to obtain the candidacy for the government of Veracruz – anticipated in a press conference that he himself will ask the Political Coordination Board to agree on the constitution of the instructor section. While this happens, the request that the brunette had in his hands yesterday, without having powers to do so, will be protected by the general secretariat.
Nothing personal: Sales Heredia
During the joint conference with the legislator, the Campeche prosecutor was reminded of his historic political rivalry with Moreno Cárdenas, but the official assured that the investigation is
apart from the differences with the PRI
There is nothing personal. It is not a political act based on an opponent; that has political consequences, is different.
Sales Heredia argued that there are solid elements to determine that there is a disproportion between the properties of wing and your income.
He reported that only the mansion of the PRI leader in the exclusive Lomas del Castillo subdivision in Campeche, which was searched on July 5 in an operation headed by the prosecutor himself, is valued at 130 million pesos. The marble on the floors is from the Alps of Carrara, Italy, and on that property the prosecution found several pieces of the character Timoteo by the sculptor Rodrigo de la Sierra, as well as paintings by the Oaxacan painter Fernando Andriacci, several of which Moreno bought during his tours in the campaign for the governorship of the state.
The investigation concluded that wing acquired land for 19 cents per meter, when the commercial value is between 2,500 and 5,000 pesos per meter.
–Are the properties only in your name or in the name of relatives of the PRI leader? asked the prosecutor.
–Some of the lots are in the name of his brother, his mother and friends.
-Friends? That is to say, it is about loanwords?
“Yes,” he replied.
He explained that, as occurs with the crime of money laundering, in the case of illicit enrichment, the burden of proof to justify the difference between income and expenses corresponds to the accused, in this case Alejandro Moreno.