An envelope with $ 35,000 at a wedding opens a schism within the Mexican government

Santiago Nieto, responsible for the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF), has resigned two days after marrying Carla Humphfrey, counselor of the National Electoral

An envelope with $ 35,000 at a wedding opens a schism within the Mexican government

Santiago Nieto, responsible for the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF), has resigned two days after marrying Carla Humphfrey, counselor of the National Electoral Institute, in the city of Antigua, Guatemala. The link brought together last Saturday to more than 300 personalities of the high spheres of politics and the business world and became "a scandalous matter," said President López Obrador, after the airport authorities detained a private flight in The one who traveled several guests with an envelope that kept $ 35,000 without justifying.

"Before it could be affected at the project, by the criticisms derived from acts of third parties related to a personal and transparent event, I preferred to present my resignation as a holder of the FIU. My loyalty is with President López Obrador. My love for Carla Humphfrey" , grandson wrote in his social networks, at the last minute of Monday, to confirm that he abandoned the agency responsible for pursuing the high financial corruption in the country. The departure of it came preceded by the resignation presented by Paola Felix Díaz, tourism counselor of Mexico City, who traveled on the flight retained by the Guatemalan authorities with the couple of her and the owner of the newspaper El Universal, Juan Francisco Ealy Ortiz. So far, none of those involved has given explanations about the origin or destination of cash seized in cash, although several versions point to the fact that it could be the gift of weddings.

López Obrador himself confirmed that he had been invited to the link, but who refused to come because he does not have time for social events: "I'm just going to eat out once a year for my wife's birthday." The ostentatious event held in the Hacienda Santo Domingo and the mix of personalities of the business, media and political are not married with the austerity that the Mexican president defends as one of the main banners of the project.

Among the guests there were legislators of the Green, Pri, Bread and Labor Party. The Governor of Campeche, Layda Sansores, the expression of the Electoral Tribunal, María del Carmen Alanís, the Minister of the Supreme Court, Yasmín Esquivel and the former governor of Sinaloa, Quirino Ordaz, said as the future Ambassador of Mexico in Spain.

The emergence of envelope with money without justifying finished sealing the destiny of Santiago Nieto. Twelve hours after López Obrador rated what happened as "a scandalous issue", the maximum responsible for combat to financial corruption resigned in charge. "Before nothing was known, there was a lot of ostentation, a lot of waste, but everything was silenced; now, that's why we have to recommend them to public servants who act with moderation, with austerity (...) everything was thrown overboard during The neoliberal period, during the period of looting and corruption, which we are surpassing, but that there are still inertias, "said Mexican president.

Since it was appointed at the front of the UIF in 2018, López Obrador granted wide powers to Nieto, who became a key player to support the work of the prosecution in cases as relevant as that of Emilio Lozoya, former director of the state oil company Pemex stopped in Spain, the former presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya or the persecution of opaque money generated by the great drug cartels in the country.

In substitution of Nieto, Mexican President has appointed Pablo Gómez, a 75-year-old professor as a new Holder of the FIU. Gómez is an ancient ally of López Obrador at the Foundation of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) and was an asset defender of social causes during the student movement of 1968.

Updated Date: 09 November 2021, 13:11

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