The secretary of Mexico’s foreign affairs indicated that the Mexican government doesn’t want its officials to be tried and imprisoned because of corruption in the United States of America anymore. The move would be contrary to how the government treats corrupt officials who are prosecuted under the United States laws.
Despite the report, a close spokesman for Mexican president Manuel Lopez indicated that all drug traffickers and other officials would still be extradited to the U.S. if found guilty of the accused’s crimes. The news contradicted the foreign secretary Marcelo Ebrard’s comments earlier on Thursday.
The heated exchange of words between the two senior men came after the U.S. decided to drop some hefty charges of the former Mexican defense secretary. He was accused of money laundering and drug trafficking while still in office and was arrested in Los Angeles, a heavily criticized move by officials in Mexico.
The presidential spokesman, Jesus Ramirez, indicated that cooperation between Mexico and the U.S. would continue as earlier agreed without any problems. However, the government wanted some more information regarding the extradition processes and formal Intel on suspected culprits. While referencing General Salvador Cienfuegos and other former Mexican officials arrested in the U.S., he indicated that they didn’t want surprise raids and actions without them being aware of the situation.
Regarding drug traffickers, Ramirez indicated that crimes that affect the United States would first have to be proven before the criminals are flown to the U.S to stand trial. His comments came after Ebrard declared that all culprits who had committed an offense would face Mexican laws’ full force, and they will not be tried in any other country.
Ebrard also indicated that General Salvador Cienfuegos’s release terms were more complicated than what was known in public. In the U.S., the department of justice said that no new agreements between the two countries had been reached. After giving the news, the official, who sought anonymity, said that he could not discuss the private matters to a newspaper concerning the Mexico-U.S. relations.
The director-general of North American affairs in Mexico Roberto Velasco indicated that all the crimes and cases in Mexico would be tried and judgment would be given under Mexican law. He also said that all crimes conducted between the two countries or a third country would continue to share information regarding the cases and evidence.
General Salvador was indicted in New York following him being accused of smuggling heroin and cocaine between 2012 and 2018. He was also charged with preventing the military from taking action against his illegal activities in conjunction with the H-2 cartel. The U.S. Department of Justice decided to drop the charges against him and returned him to Mexico to maintain the border’s cooperation. The decision came after the Mexican government threatened to expel the Drug Enforcement Agency and all its agents.
However, despite Salvador being released from prison, Ebrard expressed his concern that Mexican prosecutors would drop the charges against him, which would be an embarrassment. His release was met with many protests within the Mexican government and military, leading to the U.S. and Mexico officials having mistrust when dealing with drug cartels.