Medina Mora resigns as minister of Mexico’s Supreme Court

The Minister decided to present his resignation in the context of an investigation against him for receiving financial transfers that do not correspond with the income levels reported in his assets declaration

Medina Mora resigns as minister of Mexico’s Supreme Court
Eduardo Medina Mora – Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 03/10/2019 18:03 Newsroom Mexico City Actualizada 20:19
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According to sources of the Judiciary Power, today, Minister of Mexico’s Supreme Court Eduardo Medina Mora submitted his resignation, 11 years before the conclusion of the period for which he was chosen, and he will do so in the context of the investigations performed by the Finance Intelligence Unit of the Finance Ministry on his accounts and financial management of recent years, in which according to information received by the Mexican government from finance agencies of the U.S. government, the judiciary officer received financial transfers that do not correspond with the income levels reported in his assets declarations.


 

The minister decided to resign the post for which he was elected in Mexico’s Senate in 2015, from a slate of three proposed by then-President Enrique Peña Nieto, after the documents published by EL UNIVERSAL on June 5, and after President López Obrador publicly confirmed the existence of an investigation against Medina Mora regarding the millionaire transfers to his accounts in the U.S.

Although his period as a minister was of 15 years and would conclude until 2030, the also former Mexico’s Attorney General, with barely four years in the post, delivered today a resignation letter to minister Arturo Zaldívar, president of Mexico’s Supreme Court, arguing and explaining his reasons to take this decision. The Federal Judicial Authority Organization Act, on its article 99, points out that the resignation of a minister will only proceed “for serious causes” and will be sent to the President, if he accepts them, they will be sent to the Senate for approval.

Medina Mora’s resignation, should the procedure be completed, will leave a vacant in the 11 ministers that conform the Superior Tribunal of Mexico’s Supreme Court and will give place to the election of a new minister, who will be elected by the Senate and proposed by President López Obrador, who will have to send three candidates, once the Judiciary Power makes public the decision of the resigning minister and sends the Legislative and Executive powers the call to begin the selection process of a new minister.

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