New York prosecutors have a significant amount of evidence against Genaro García Luna

Prosecutors submitted evidence against Genaro García Luna to his public defender

New York prosecutors have a significant amount of evidence against Genaro García Luna
Genaro García was appointed as Mexico’s Security Minister by former President Felipe Calderón in 2006 - Photo: Ariel Ojeda/EL UNIVERSAL
English 02/06/2020 11:50 Newsroom & Agencies Mexico City AP Actualizada 12:01
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New York prosecutors submitted evidence against Genaro García Luna to his public defender, including e-mails, photographs, financial transactions, and intercepted communications. 
 
In two letters, the prosecutors said they sent evidence to García Luna’s lawyer and requested the public defender to submit evidence
 
The prosecutors also said that evidence against the former Security Minister included money transactions, property transactions, security reports, and statements made by the defendant.
 
In April, judge Brian Cogan refused García Luna’s request to be released on bail, under the argument that his life was in danger because he could contract COVID-19 while in prison. 
 
García Luna was arrested in the U.S. on December 2019.
 
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Genaro García was appointed as Mexico’s Security Minister by former President Felipe Calderón in 2006. He was the official in charge of the country’s war on drug cartels. Now. U.S. authorities are accusing him of receiving bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel in exchange for protection and aid to traffick cocaine.
 
In late 2018 and early 2019 during Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s trial, former cartel member Jesús Zambada testififed that he personaly delivered USD 6 million in bribes to Genaro García Luna, as ordered by his brother, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.
 
According to Jesús Zambada, he met with García Luna in restaurants between 2005 and 2006 to give him USD 3 million in cash. Back then, García Luna was the head of the now-defunct Federal Investigations Agency (AFI).
 
The second meeting allegedly took place in 2007, when Genaro García was Mexico’s Security Minister. Zambada said that in that meeting, he gave the former official between USD 3 million and USD 5 million.
 
García Luna’s lawyer, César de Castro, said the accusations are absurd and that there is no evidence of the alleged meetings. 
 
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