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Mexico City’s Pillar of Light: A MXN$29-million debt
The sentence warned that, should said amount be left unpaid, a total of 159 thousand pesos would be added as monthly interest (USD$7,750) - Photo: Amaranta Marentes/EL UNIVERSAL

Mexico City’s Pillar of Light: A MXN$29-million debt

04/12/2018
19:41
Ivette Saldaña
Mexico City
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The amount owed by the Ministry of Culture to Bicentenaria Solutions has not been repaid

For almost six years, ever since the former president of Mexico Felipe Calderón ordered that the Pillar of Light monument be built, the 104-meter tall building has borne liabilities that are now worth 29 million pesos (USD$1,413,634 as per the current exchange rate) for information technology services, a debt that has not yet been paid despite several court rulings in favor of the supplier.

The debt for the commemorative monument of Mexico’s Independence could be passed on to the new administration.

Since January 24, 2013, and in spite rental services for computer equipment and technical support services, the amount owed to the Bicentenaria Solutions firm was not repaid, which is why on April 2014, a lawsuit was filed before judicial authorities.

On October 19 last, more than four and a half years after the beginning of court disputes, the Second Unitary Court issued a judgment which ratifies previous rulings condemning the Ministry of Culture to pay for the claimed invoices, plus the use of computer equipment until April 6, 2016 and interests accrued, which amounts to a total of 29 million pesos.

The sentence warned that, should said amount be left unpaid, a total of 159 thousand pesos would be added as monthly interest (USD$7,750). To this date, however, the managing director of the Ministry of Culture, María Eugenia Araizaga Caloca, has not respected the court’s ruling, according to the company’s legal representative Daniel Díaz Castillo.

“The Ministry of Culture has not yet paid its debt with Bicentenaria Solutions. They have seemingly ignored the court ruling issued by the maximum judiciary authority in Mexico, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation,” which could mean that the outgoing administration may have attempted to pass the problem on to the following administration, thus avoiding the so-called property damage contracted by the nation, he explained.
 

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