Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto, issued a brief statement regarding the arrest in Spain of his friend former PRI party chief, Humberto Moreira Valdes. EPN (Pena) says he is unaware of the particulars of the case, and that the Spanish government gave Mexico no forewarning of the anticipated arrest of former Coahuila governor Moreira.
Moreira was arrested upon his arrival in Spain, where he is seeking a fourth master’s degree. He is charged with money laundering and organized crime. He went before a Spanish judge yesterday and was ordered detained in prison without bail, prosecutors were in fear Moreira was too great a flight risk, or that he would tamper and destroy evidence.
Politian Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) was very critical of EPN for once again dodging an uncomfortable situation by hiding, evading the press before leaving on a trip to the middle east.
AMLO said the president should have sought information on the Spain case that could be shared with Mexicans, and he is critical of the president for not moving on the corruption case and financial improprieties alleged against Moreira, stating Moreira’s case is just one of a pile of cases he named involving Mexican politicians looting the public coffers.
Moreira is incarcerated in the española de Soto Real prison, Centro Penitenciario Madrid 5, known as the “Prison of the famous”.
Named so, due to the long line of famous and powerful prisoners imprisoned there. Power convicts, from the world of politics, banking and business sectors who have embezzled big money.
Among them, one of the most famous in Spain, has been Luis Barcenas, former treasurer of the Popular Party the ruling Popular Party, who is accused of having absconded a fortune of 48.2 million euros, equivalent to 53 million dollars, which was deposited in a Swiss bank.
With a conviction he will be in prison for up to 6 years in Spain, then possibility be tried in a U.S. court.
To read more on the Moreira case history, follow this link the post by Chivis and DD.