Mexico City, Mexico — The Office of the Attorney General of the Republic says it will not prosecute former Chihuahua governor, César Duarte Jáquez.
The announcement has been called a shame and a scandal by current Chihuahua governor, Javier Corral Jurado, who says, “it is shame, scandal and a cynicism without limits of the regime of President Enrique Peña Nieto” that the Office of the Attorney General (PGR) does not prosecute Javier César Duarte.
Duarte, 54, is accused of diverting more than $13.5 million USD to political campaigns, according to a denunciation of the current governor of Chihuahua, Javier Corral. He is also attributed to the deviation of about $53.5 million USD through shell companies and other electoral crimes.
“This is a brutal message to society: impunity, exoneration, protection, for the rascals that belong to the PRI. Political persecution, factional use of the institutions of PGR and Treasury against political opponents to the President of the Republic,” he said in a statement.
“The management of the PGR from the Presidency of the Republic is already shameful, it is provoking the people of Mexico in their irritation and puts the country’s governability at risk.”
“The person in charge of the investigation, who was left with the investigation of the crimes of abuse of functions, of misuse of functions and powers of embezzlement, of money laundering, what he did during the investigation was justifying the income to the ex-governor, not investigate the accusations raised in the denunciation of the lawyer García Chávez,” Corral Jurado said.
Javier Durate has 11 arrest warrants for the diversion of resources and money laundering. More than 20 real estate properties have been confiscated including ranches the size of all the municipality of Chihuahua. “Peña is protecting Duarte,” said Governor Corral.
The decision by the PGR was confirmed through social networks by activist Jaime García Chávez, who presented the first formal complaint against César Duarte for using public resources from Chihuahua for personal gain.
García Chávez and Governor Corral were the first to bring to public opinion the suspicions, now confirmed by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, that there was an incredible amount of looting occurring against the state of Chihuahua.
García Chávez explained, “A few minutes ago I was notified, by specially appointed PGR envoys, of the consultation that the commissioner of the Specialized Unit in Financial Analysis made before her superior the Attorney General, to decide or resolve the NO EXERCISE OF CRIMINAL ACTION against Cesar Duarte and Jaime Herrera Corral.
“It is said that this would only be for federal crimes related to operations with resources of illegal origin and banking crimes,” he explained.
In the documents sent by the Federal Attorney’s Office to García Chávez, it is highlighted that “this Social Representation proposes the consultation of the non-exercise of criminal action, in accordance with the legal arguments made in the sections above for federal crimes.”
García Chávez added that he was granted 15 business days to express his disagreement.
“We will continue with the battle before the courts. Remember that we have an Amparo trial pending resolution. As always, I manifest my unwavering decision to continue the struggle against the political corruption of the PRI,” he announced on social media.
César Duarte Jáquez is still a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) of Mexico’s current President Enrique Peña Nieto.