The former head of the Army has been notified that there is an investigation against him and has shown “his total disposition,” according to the Prosecutor’s Office.
General Salvador Cienfuegos landed in Mexico this Wednesday night after the United States dropped the charges against him for drug trafficking and money laundering. Upon his arrival, the Secretary of Defense during the government of Enrique Peña Nieto has been notified that the Public Ministry is conducting an investigation against him with the information he received from the United States Department of Justice, as reported by the Attorney General’s Office. Republic in a statement. Cienfuegos, who was arrested last October 15 at the Los Angeles airport, has been subjected to a medical check that resulted “favorable” and has been released.
After landing in Toluca (State of Mexico) and being informed of the investigations against him, the former Secretary of Defense has been notified and has provided his personal and contact information, where he can be located and summoned. According to the Prosecutor’s Office, Ciefuegos has expressed “its total willingness to meet the requirements of the investigation.”
Since October 15, the Government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador has done everything possible to achieve the transfer to Mexico of Cienfuegos. This Tuesday, when it was learned that Washington would withdraw the charges against the military, the Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, defended that the transfer of the case to Mexico “is not an act of impunity.” “If the acts that are imputed to him were committed in Mexico, why are they going to have to be tried abroad?” He said at a press conference.
The District Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York charged him with conspiring to traffic heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine. The Department of Justice had said in a letter to the judge that Cienfuegos could not be paroled due to the high risk of flight that he represents, but he has finally been released and sent to Mexico by those authorities. The US Attorney’s Office has justified its decision by saying that “there are sensitive and important foreign policy considerations that outweigh the Government’s interest in pursuing the trial against the accused.”
Washington has provided the Mexican authorities with the evidence they have gathered in the case and has promised to cooperate in the local investigations, according to the US Department of Justice in a joint statement with the Mexican Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday. In the brief, the parties indicate that the FGR opened “its own investigation once it became known about the arrest and the charges brought by US authorities to the general.” According to that text, the evidence against the former Army chief, who had pleaded not guilty a few days ago, “is solid.”