On Tuesday, the Attorney General’s Office asked the Chamber of Deputies to initiate a process of lawlessness against the governor of the border state of Tamaulipas, Francisco Cabeza de Vaca, for the alleged crimes of organized crime, operations with resources of illicit origin and fraud fiscal.
The brief presented to the camera is addressed to the president of the Political Coordination Board and coordinator of the ruling parliamentary group, Moisés Ignacio Mier, and indicates that the request will be ratified by the prosecution on Thursday.
The procedure to disqualify a governor is necessary if the prosecution wants to arrest and prosecute him while he is in office, but it is a lengthy process that involves an investigation by legislators.
Cabeza de Vaca, of the opposition National Action Party, has ruled since 2016 in Tamaulipas, a state in the northeast corner of Mexico with high levels of violence linked to the cartels.
In his official Twitter account, the governor accused Morena, the party of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, of filtering “an alleged accusation” against him with the aim of initiating a “political onslaught.”
“Again the factious use of justice where there is no crime,” he wrote. “I will wait to be notified to have details and to fix my position. I have never broken the law. I will defend myself against any outrage”.
Cabeza de Vaca has a degree in business administration from the border city of Reynosa who studied in Houston, Texas, and was a deputy and senator.
Several governors in the region, the cradle of the Zetas and the Gulf cartels, have been accused of corruption crimes.
One of them, Tomás Yarrington, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, who ruled between 1999 and 2005, was extradited from Italy to the United States in 2018 and faces drug trafficking charges.
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