Garcia Luna is not interested in becoming a protected witness in the U.S., lawyer says

In this Oct. 8, 2010 file photo, Mexico's Secretary of Public Safety Genaro Garcia Luna attends a press conference on the sidelines of an American Police Community meeting in Mexico City. Garcia Luna, who is in custody and facing drug trafficking charges in New York, has been charged in a superseding indictment on Thursday, July 30, 2020, with continuing criminal enterprise. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Genaro García Luna, former Secretary of Public Security who was found guilty of several charges in a United States court, is not interested in becoming a protected witness… at least for now.

César de Castro, the lawyer for the former federal official, remarked that his client was not interested in that option even before the process against him began in a New York court.

“I’m certainly going to talk to him about it. He has not said he is interested in doing so,” he said in an interview with Ciro Gómez Leyva for Imagen Noticias.

De Castro commented that this option is open even when a person has already been tried, as is the case of García Luna. The former Security Secretary was found guilty of the following charges:

  • Participating in a continuing criminal enterprise.
  • International conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
  • Conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine.
  • Conspiracy to import cocaine.
  • Making a false statement to immigration authorities.
  • Brian Cogan, the judge in charge of the trial, will announce the sentence in a session on June 27th at 11:00 am. Due to the charges, it is possible that García
  • Luna could be sentenced to life imprisonment.

AMLO asks García Luna to reveal if his ‘bosses‘ knew about his dealings

It was President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who ‘revived’ the conversation about the possibility of Garcia Luna being a cooperating witness for U.S. authorities.

“There is the possibility that García Luna will testify as a witness, and I would say as president of Mexico, for the good of the country, that hopefully he will do so in exchange for reporting on whether he received orders or informed the former presidents, both Fox and Calderón,” he said.

In one of his February conferences, the president listed the questions that Calderon (Garcia Luna’s ‘boss’) would have to answer.

“Why did you appoint García Luna? Did you know or not? Why did you have him for six years? Did you never see anything strange? What were the agreements? What orders did you give him?” he said.

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