The Attorney General’s Office of the Republic (FGR) released the public version of the complete file of the Salvador Cienfuegos case, although it indicates, with the caveats imposed by law.
The dossier can be consulted on the dependency’s website, consisting of two volumes and eight annexes with tested parts that make up more than 700 pages.
Only in volume one (part 1) of the document, consisting of 26 pages, it is observed that from page 19 onwards, everything is tested, so nothing can be visible.
In the second part of volume one, 42 page, nothing is visible except, dates, the number of the research folder, the subject and the number of trades. The rest is underlined with black.
So the transparency of the @FGRMexico pic.twitter.com/2vvNocnJ7c
— Pablo Ferri (@Ferritortola) January 17, 2021
In a statement, the FGR stated that the file “in defence of the rule of law and transparency” is disclosed.
On 15 January, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a report sent by the United States containing transcripts and screenshots of telephone messages and which are part of the dossier that the DEA sent to Mexico last October to justify the capture of the retired general.
After the Mexican government published the DEA file on the general, the U.S. Department of Justice criticized this decision and said it violates the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty.
Through a statement, the Department of Justice (DoJ) stated that it was disappointed by the publication of confidentially delivered information to Mexico.
“Publishing such information violates the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty between Mexico and the United States, and questiones whether the United States can continue to share information to support Mexico’s own criminal investigations,” the document says.
The Prosecutor’s Office claimed to have taken “all the necessary actions to obtain the necessary evidence in this case”, and concluded that Cienfuegos Zepeda “never had any encounters with the members of the criminal organization investigated by the American authorities”, and that it did not maintain any communication with them, nor did it perform acts to protect or assist them.
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