Criminal organization threatens García Harfuch again

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Criminal organization threatens García Harfuch again
Police chief Omar García Harfuch recently suffered an assassination attempt - Photo: File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 01/07/2020 10:22 Mexico City Off the Record Actualizada 10:28

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Criminal organization threatens García Harfuch again

Weeks before suffering a brutal assassination attempt, Mexico City’s police chief Omar García Harfuch received criticism. Rumor had it he would be removed after a video that showed two police officers attacking a teenager during a protest went viral; however, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum later denied the claims. Now, after he survived the brutal attack, a criminal group released a video making serious accusations against Harfuch and threatened him once again. The criminals want Harfuch to leave them alone but also the police officers and politicians who have been affected by the police chief’s work. So the police chief needs a thicker armor: the physical and political. 

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Will Lozoya reveal something important?

No one should be surprised if Emilio Lozoya receives some benefits courtesy of the Mexican authorities. We’ve been told that in cases like his, authorities considered granted the defendant some benefits in exchange for cooperating with the investigation. Nevertheless, we’ve been told that many times, this information is used to go after others who were also involved in a crime. If the charges pressed against Lozoya date back to his time as Pemex’s director, it’s obvious that very few officials were above him. His former lawyer, Javier Coello Trejo, said Emilio Lozoya was only following orders and now the Attorney General’s Office will have to go after those who gave orders to the former Pemex chief. Who will it be?

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Mexican consulates can’t buy thermometers

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López Obrador vs. Peña Nieto

We’ve been told that at the INAI, two political figures are fighting for the first place at the transparency platform: former President Enrique Peña Nieto and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Nearly two years after his presidency ended, every month someone requests information regarding Peña Nieto’s administration, some of the requests are so specific the INAI is surprised. However, during his news conferences, President López Obrador sparks curiosity among users, who often make several requests. 

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