Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says the US ought to probe the case in opposition to former minister Salvador Cienfuegos.
Mexico mentioned on Friday that the USA Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) ought to perform an inside investigation into the conduct of its case in opposition to a former defence minister, in a brand new check of bilateral ties with US President Joe Biden’s authorities.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador mentioned the investigation ought to look into who inside the DEA “fabricated” the case in opposition to former minister Salvador Cienfuegos, days after Mexico’s lawyer basic determined to drop fees.
“I’m not going to go to any worldwide physique, however I respectfully consider that company ought to do an inside investigation and make clear what occurred, who made the file, who gave the order to use it,” Lopez Obrador mentioned, referring to the DEA, throughout a daily information convention.
Each governments later confirmed that Lopez Obrador and Biden would converse by telephone on Friday afternoon.
The US arrest and subsequent launch of Cienfuegos put extreme pressure on bilateral safety cooperation. Mexico retaliated with restrictions on DEA intelligence gathering. Lopez Obrador additionally angered Washington by publishing a big file from the case that the US had offered in confidence.
The continuing fallout dangers additional souring ties simply as Biden takes over from former US President Donald Trump, with whom the Mexican president had struck an unlikely friendship.
Teneo, a political threat consultancy, mentioned Lopez Obrador’s latest strikes appeared “intentionally provocative” to the brand new US administration.
His “contrarian perspective is basically on account of his drive to accumulate leverage forward of what he anticipates can be a extra advanced interval in bilateral relations,” Teneo’s Nicholas Watson mentioned in a observe shared with the information company Reuters.
Below Trump, in return for a hardline stance on immigration, Lopez Obrador obtained little high-level US strain over his push for extra state management within the vitality sector.
Cienfuegos, a member of former President Enrique Pena Nieto’s authorities, was arrested in October at Los Angeles Worldwide Airport and accused by US prosecutors of collaborating with a splinter of a strong drug cartel.
He returned to Mexico in November after a federal choose granted a US authorities request to drop fees in opposition to him and switch the investigation over to Mexico, citing diplomatic sensitivities.
The Mexican lawyer basic’s workplace mentioned earlier in January that the US case was not robust sufficient to warrant fees in opposition to Cienfuegos, a choice Lopez Obrador publicly backed.
Lopez Obrador mentioned the proof the DEA offered, which stretched for a whole lot of pages and which he ordered to be shared publicly on-line, was riddled with inconsistencies.
“There isn’t any means that we’re going to invent crimes,” mentioned Lopez Obrador. “Now we have mentioned that if the DEA has extra info to current it.”
The US embassy in Mexico Metropolis referred Reuter’s request for remark to the US Division of Justice. A spokesman for the DEA, a division of Justice, didn’t instantly reply.