Mexico’s prime diplomat says former protection secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos has been arrested in Los Angeles
International Minister Marcelo Ebrard didn’t say on what expenses Cienfuegos was detained. He wrote on his Twitter account that U.S. Ambassador Christopher Landau had knowledgeable him of the final’s arrest.
Ebrard wrote that Mexico’s Consul in Los Angeles can be informing him concerning the expenses “within the subsequent few hours,” and that Cienfuegos had a proper to obtain consular help. He didn’t specify if the final was arrested on the airport arriving or leaving the nation.
Cienfuegos served from 2012 to 2018 as secretary of protection underneath Peña Nieto. He’s the highest-ranking former Cupboard official arrested for the reason that prime Mexican safety official Genaro Garcia Luna was arrested in Texas in 2019. Garcia Luna, who served underneath former President Felipe Calderón, has pleaded not responsible to drug trafficking expenses.
Cienfuegos is 72 years previous and has retired from energetic obligation. Mexico’s Protection Division had no rapid response to the arrest.
Regardless of the expenses, will probably be a tricky blow for Mexico the place the military and navy are a few of the few remaining revered public establishments.
Whereas present President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has vowed to go after corruption and lawbreaking underneath previous administrations, he has additionally relied extra closely on the military — and charged it with extra duties, starting from constructing infrastructure initiatives to distributing medical provides — than every other president in latest historical past.
Below Cienfuegos, the Mexican military was accused of frequent human rights abuses, however that was true of each his predecessors and his successor within the publish.
The worst scandal in Cienfuegos’ tenure concerned the 2014 military killings of suspects in a grain warehouse.
The June 2014 bloodbath concerned troopers who killed 22 suspects on the warehouse within the city of Tlatlaya. Whereas some died in an preliminary shootout with the military patrol — during which one soldier was wounded — a human rights investigation later confirmed that no less than eight and maybe as many as a dozen suspects have been executed after they surrendered.