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Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Tomás Zerón Recounts Conversation With 'El Chapo' And Denies Having Purchased The Pegasus Software

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Tomás Zerón de Lucio, former head of the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) of the then Attorney General's Office (PGR), denied having contracted and acquired the Pegasus software -developed by the Israeli group NSO-, in 2014, for 460 million pesos, during the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto.

"There is no way, I do not know anyone from NSO, I never sat down with them. There is no proof, let them present a single piece of evidence," declared the former Mexican federal official, during an interview with the Israeli media N12.

On the other hand, Zerón de Lucio spoke about his participation in the third arrest of Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, alias "El Chapo" - then leader of the Sinaloa Cartel - on January 8, 2016, during an operation by the Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR), in the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa.

"I start talking to him about the arrest. If he was okay, who he was with," said the former head of the AIC, who added that the Sinaloa drug lord told him he was with his daughters and wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, the former federal official asked him if he wanted to talk to them.

"And I told him: 'Yes, we can make a call. 'If you allow me, I will thank you,' 'You have nothing to thank me for,'" Zeron de Lucio responded, according to his version, who, regarding his self-exile, denied that he had gone to Israel because there was no extradition treaty with Mexico, but rather, according to him, he had received threats and his security service had been withdrawn. Nevertheless, the former head of the AIC confessed that he wanted to return to the country to be able to see his family and "that justice be done".

This was the second interview given by the former Mexican federal official, since he fled at the end of 2019 to Israel, the country to which the Mexican government formally requested his extradition in January 2022.

The Attorney General's Office (FGR) informed, on May 15, 2023, that it integrated, a new investigation folder for the contracting and acquisition of the Pegasus software - developed by the Israeli group NSO -, in 2014, by the then PGR, for an amount of 460 million pesos.

The institution for the pursuit of justice handed over to a judge the file against four former high-ranking federal officials, among them Zerón de Lucio; as well as Judith Aracely Gómez Molano, former Senior Official of the PGR; Vidal Diazleal Ochoa, former director of Information on Criminal Activities and former head of the Federal Ministerial Police (PFM); in addition to Rigoberto García Campos, former director of Information on Criminal Activities, of the National Center for Planning, Analysis and Information to Combat Crime (CENAPI).

The crimes charged against the four former federal officials are embezzlement, fraud, misuse of powers and authority, and criminal association, due to the alleged irregular purchase of Pegasus, for an amount of 460 million pesos, "for a system that this new Administration does not have; that has never been used by the Attorney General's Office, and that was acquired illicitly".

According to the FGR, the Prosecutor's Office for Internal Affairs (FEAI), of said institution of justice, has requested on three occasions the holding of the initial hearing, before the Federal Criminal Justice Center of Mexico City, and was awaiting its response. This is the second investigation folder that the Attorney General's Office of Mexico initiates for the Pegasus case, the first one was for the irregular use of such software.

"This investigation is independent from the one already prosecuted by the FGR, due to several illegal interventions that Pegasus carried out in the past administration and for which there have been indictments," added the FGR, through a statement.

Earlier the same day, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador insisted to the Government of Israel to hand over Zerón de Lucio to the Mexican authorities for his alleged responsibility in the crime of torture during the investigation of the Ayotzinapa case.

"I take this opportunity to ask the Prime Minister of Israel [Benjamin Netanyahu], to fulfill his commitment that he be extradited, Mr. Tomás Zerón, who has been proven that he participated in the fabrication of the crime. They used torture because previously there was torture in Mexico, before we governed there were massacres, the slogan was 'kill them in the heat of the moment'," said the politician from Tabasco.

During his morning press conference, held from the National Palace, the head of the Federal Executive Power questioned Israel, because, according to him, it was a government that was obliged not to allow torture.

"If there is a government that is obliged not to allow torture, to respect human rights, to act with humanism, it is the government of Israel. I hope that soon there will be information on this," added the Mexican president.


  1. Every government in every country has Pegasus we in 2023 there’s shit out there that’s even better than Pegasus. They probably looking at one in the camera of the phone right now as I type this 😂

  2. What is the name of the guy that el chapo owed like $5 million and he was killed to avoid paying him?

    1. are you talking about polo Ochoa? I blew it was 8 million and it was supposedly it was IVAN I remember an article saying that the weekend after his murder Ivan was seen in his gray super duty and wearing his diamond encrusted watch

    2. That’s a big mistake by chapós part he killed polo Ochoa and had the rest of the federation guessing why if it was over the fact that polo was balling on billions over him and made him feel more dumb than he was or if it was that he really turned him down after asking if he could hop in the train to Antwerp

    3. @5:30 yeah that is the guy.
      Thank you

  3. Replies
    1. Rip Arturo Beltran Leyva

    2. Best corrido for Arturo Beltran Leyva is Grupo perfil : La muerte de Arturo . One of the best out there , I’d say it’s the best

  4. Hand him over because he allegedly tortured potential suspects in a mass murder atrocity? Really? Maybe the corruption, ok… it’s always a bad look a corrupt look a psychotic liberal world destroying stance to hammer the security personnel when concerning killing the scum and torturing potential scum.

  5. CDS got ambushed in sultepec chiapas by the almighty powerhouse CJNG.

    1. 407 cds getting smashed. You only hear of Jalisco taking Ls but we all know that cds is fractured and falling apart.

    2. It seems like they are hanging on for now

    3. If it were CJNG being ambushed you know the article would've been posted ASAP lol 😂

  6. Whenever someone says "there's no proof..." you know they're guilty of whatever the accusations are.
    Also where the hell has Sol Prendido been lately?? He used to be the MVP on Borderlandbeat. Now it seems SP is falling back into the shadows. We need him to be the superstar that he was a few months ago when BB was on life support and nobody was posting like they should. Sol kept things active with his incredible committment. Sometimes every post on any given day would be courtesy of Sol P. Make Sol Prendido Great Again!

    1. Now that's a funny post! Thanks for the laugh.

      You heard it already, Sol. Be Great Again!!

    2. I’m still here. But I’ve been consumed with with work here lately. Once time permits I’ll swing back into action like before. Hang in there everyone.

      - Sol Prendido

    3. Sol we know you have other commitments in life, but sure appreciate the vollenteering time you put for BB. Someone had to put food on the table.

    4. Tomas looks nervous as fuck. He definitely did it 👍💯 He just don’t want El Capo Chapo to find out…

  7. AMLO: "They used torture because previously there was torture in Mexico, before we governed there were massacres,." And now there's none of that? What a lying POS.


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