Juan Collado, lawyer of former Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, is released on bail

Juan Collado will finally be released, although he will have to wear an electronic ankle bracelet.

After four years, two months, and twelve days, this afternoon, a federal judge granted him provisional release in the process for the crimes of organized crime and money laundering, the only one of the four criminal proceedings in which he was subject to preventive detention.

Gustavo Aquiles Villaseñor, Judge of Control at the Federal Criminal Justice Center of Reclusorio Norte, modified his precautionary measure, taking into account the accused’s deteriorating health and the rulings of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CoIDH), which order the Mexican state to eliminate mandatory preventive detention from its legislation.

With this judge’s decision, Juan Collado is allowed to move within Mexico but is not allowed to leave the country. He is also required to regularly sign in at the court for monitoring.

On September 5th, a federal judge canceled the justified preventive detention for lawyer Juan Collado in his trial for alleged tax fraud of 36.7 million pesos.

Collado was arrested on July 9, 2019, in Mexico City, and was linked to four different proceedings, three of them federal and one common-law proceeding in Chihuahua.

Since June 4th, Juan Collado has been released from Reclusorio Norte and had not returned to prison because he underwent four surgical operations in different hospitals; two of the surgeries were on the heart, including a cardiac catheterization, one on the esophagus, and another on the cervical spine.

Juan Collado had clients not only including former President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) but also Raúl Salinas, the brother of Carlos Salinas de Gortari, and Carlos Romero Deschamps, the former leader of the Mexican Petroleum Workers’ Union (Pemex).

Collado was arrested on July 9, 2019, in Mexico City, accused of:

  • Organized crime
  • Money laundering
  • Tax fraud amounting to 36 million pesos
  • Alleged involvement in embezzlement of 13,780,000 pesos against the Government of Chihuahua
  • Receiving 45.9 million dollars in Andorra from a business network used by the Sinaloa Cartel to launder money.

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