The General Inspectorate of the PGR asked federal judge Raul Angulo Garfias to order the arrest of 10 officers from the Ministerial Federal Police (PFM) which allegedly "planted" a weapon in the vehicle of social advocate attorney Paulo Díez Gargari. According to federal sources, the agency asked for arrests of the police for unlawful simulation of evidence to justify an arrest, and other charges against four of them.
Key evidence was made public by an anonymous source, captured footage from surveillance cameras. The source sent the video footage to Diez. After agents stopped Diez, on September 7th, the video appears to show an agent exiting a federal vehicle holding something in his pocket, and later with half of his body inside Diez vehicle he straightens and quickly leaves the site. Another agent moves to the vehicle and “discovers” the weapon.
Since last Thursday, the Eleventh Judge Sixth District Federal Criminal Proceedings in Mexico City has the case and investigation for a ruling to go forward or dismiss the case. A decision must be made within 10 days.
If the case goes forth, it is doubtful the agents will spend time behind bars before a trial.
According to Reforma, the Federal Criminal Code, Article 248a is punishable by two to six years in prison and a fine, for any person planting evidence to accuse a person criminally. In relation to the alteration of the objects of the offense, Article 225, paragraph 31, provides for punishment of four to ten years.
A guess from this BB contributor is no matter how far into the process this case continues, all charges will eventually be dismissed for “lack of evidence”. But the government needed to address the issue because of the widespread publishing of the video.
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