Anaya's attorney

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Ricardo Anaya yesterday at Mexico's Office of the Attorney General – Photo: Irvin Olivares/EL UNIVERSAL
English 26/02/2018 09:31 Mexico City OPINION: Under Reserve Actualizada 09:31

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Anaya's attorney

On the one hand, Ricardo Anaya, of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), flatly denies the accusations which link him in alleged money laundering operations but on the other, he engaged the services of an expert attorney to represent him. This attorney is none other than Ambrosio de Jesús Michel Higuera, a renowned expert in money laundering cases who has begun the lawsuit in the media, before which he has defended his client and has even laughed at the testimonies of those who accuse Anaya as the beneficiary of the triangular scheme. We're told Mr, Higuera was Deputy Attorney-General during the Vicente Fox administration and that, in those days, he sued for tax evasion businessmen such as Xavier Autrey, Alonso Ancira, and Julio Scherer Ibarra yet Mexico's Office of the Attorney General was unable to find the necessary elements to prosecute them. So, if Mr. Ricardo expects to come out unscathed, his attorney better be a better defense attorney than he ever was a prosecutor.

Meade evens the score

Yesterday afternoon, Meade became the presidential candidate who evened the score. But the contest wasn't the Presidential race, no. After the Pumas vs Chivas match ended in 1-1, the bet the candidate of the PRI-PVEM-PANAL alliance, José Antonio Meade, made against businessman Jorge Vergara became null and void. “If I win, I'll make you wear the @PumasMX in front of the people of @Omnilife, and if I lose, I'll wear the @Chivas in front of them, you on?” Read the bet proposed by Meade to Vergara on Twitter. “Done. We'll get a shirt with your name on it, so you can drop that team for good. Greetings, Candidate, nice!” replied Vergara upon accepting the challenge. The saddest part was that after the match ended in a draw, there was no t-shirt for anybody.

Warning lights for the PRD in the Senate

The possible review and proportional configuration of the legislative commissions in the Senate will put the group of the left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) in a tight spot, which has, little by little, seen its forces dwindle. According to our sources, the coordinator of the PRD, Luis Sánchez, has already done the math and concerns have grown after the far-left Labor Party (PT) accused the PRD is over-represented in the presidency of the commissions. Regardless, our sources tell us Mr. Luis is confident that despite the pressure exerted by the PT, the leaders of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Emilio Gamboa, and the conservative National Action Party (PAN), Fernando Herrera, as well as the president of the Senate, Ernesto Cordero (PAN), will respect the PRD's posts. Is Mr. Sánchez's trust well founded?

How to handle the reconstruction budget?

If you were upset by the fact that three local deputies are managing, at their own discretion and, coincidentally, on election year, the almost MXN$15 billion (USD$803.1 million*) to rebuild Mexico City, well sit tight because tomorrow there will be news about the reconstruction at a national level. The investigator Mauricio Merino, national coordination of the NGO Nosotrxs and the Interdisciplinary Accountability Program, will present a study on the monitoring, transparency, and accountability mechanisms of the reconstruction process at a national level, after the September 19 earthquake. As you might remember, Mr. Mauricio presented to the Mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera, his ressignation to the Commission for the Reconstruction of Mexico City once he detected and denounced the sectarian use of the budget. Now, Merino is proposing to answer the questions: What has happened to the funds to rebuild Mexico? How have resources reached the victims? Whether good or bad news comes out of thiss, it's always wise not to expect too much.

*Calculated at a rate of USD$1 = to MXN$18.6