AMLO takes aim at Felipe Calderon after U.S. court convicts Genaro Garcia Luna

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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday, February 22nd, that one of his predecessors, Felipe Calderon, should explain what kind of relationship did he have with a former top law enforcement official who took bribes from the infamous Sinaloa Cartel.

On Tuesday, February 21st, a U.S. court convicted a former security official, Genaro Garcia Luna, on charges that he took bribes in exchange for protection from arrest, safe passage for drug shipments, and tip-offs about law enforcement operations.

Garcia Luna, 54, is one of the highest-ranking Mexican officials ever accused of ties to drug trafficking. He led Mexico’s Federal Investigation Agency from 2001 to 2005 and was public security minister for six years until 2012.

Calderon was president from 2006 to 2012.

“Yes, it’s important to find out more: why did Calderon have (Garcia Luna) in place for six years?” Lopez Obrador said during his regular morning news conference. “He never saw anything strange? What were the agreements? What orders did he give?

Calderon issued a statement on Twitter after the conviction saying that his administration followed the law and that security was not the responsibility of only one person but also of the military, police, and other officials.

Source: El Universal

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