Publish in Special Reports - Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (second from right) tweeted this photo after a controversial exoneration of CFE Head Manuel Bartlett (far left). Next to Bartlett is Santiago Nieto, the head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF).
Bartlett, Gómez Urrutia cases tarnish AMLO’s fight against corruption.
BY JOACHIM BAMRUD
Mexico’s new government led by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has slowly stepped away from its new, long-planned and purportedly politically neutral anti-corruption system towards a more partisan and authoritarian approach, corruption experts say.
“The government’s aggressive tactics consist of blocking corruption suspects from the financial system, freezing their bank accounts, and then exposing them to the public, without following due process,” says Juan Morillo, Co-Chair of the White Collar and Corporate Investigations Practice at Quinn Emanuel. “The trend so far is that these suspects rarely come from the government’s flanks, and are increasingly likely to be government adversaries.”
The government of Lopez Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, has been hit by revelations of unexplained and suspicious fortunes of key people such as the head of the state electricity company CFE, Manuel Bartlett, and Senator Napoléon Gómez Urrutia.
Keywords: AHMSA, CFE, FCPA, Mexico, Pemex, Petrobras, Quinn Emanuel