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“When the Mayan Train is derailed, it will be another issue.”

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The telephone recordings are shameless and cynical. They laugh about being a network of corruption, assume it, and play with the idea of a tragedy: the derailment of the Mayan Train as a consequence of the wrong materials they are selling. 

(CDMX Latinus)—Yucatecan journalist Carlos Loret de Mola and his reporters revealed new audio on the news site LATINUS about the corruption amongst AMLO’s children and close friends. The investigation describes how the “El clan,” formed by AMLO’s sons, cousins, and friends, has bribed authorities to get multi-million dollar deals. 

“The corruption network!…. That’s what we are all about.” One of the clan members uses that phrase as a mockery when discussing Loret’s investigations. It is the verbatim telephone conversation between Pedro Salazar Beltrán, cousin of “Andy and Bobby” López Beltrán, the sons of the President of Mexico, and Amílcar Olán, their close friend, who went from being a discreet businessman to a multimillionaire beneficiary of medicine contracts, the Dos Bocas refinery, and the Mayan Train. 

“When the (Mayan) Train is derailed, it will be another issue.” 

Corruption takes human lives in addition to mockery and cynicism. The phrase is from Pedro Salazar Beltrán, cousin of the President’s sons and operator of the Mayan Train business, in the recording of his phone call with Amílcar Olán, which was presented last night, March 11, 2024, on Latinus, on a report by José Manuel Martínez and Mario Gutiérrez Vega.

The Tren Maya top government executives instructed that the ballast stone -on which the train tracks are laid- had to be purchased from Amílcar Olán. This was the order from the National Palace. Amilcar Olan is a close friend of Andy and Bobby Lopez Beltran, sons of the President of Mexico—friends since their childhood in Tabasco. 

Amilcar Olan, with the help of the brothers Pedro and Osterlen Salazar Beltran, cousins of AMLO’s sons, “Andy and Bobby,” bribed the laboratory to guarantee that the ballast was of the right quality. The lab does not do the analysis; they put whatever stone it is, the rails are laid on it, and “when the train derails, it will be another issue.” 

The telephone recordings are shameless and cynical. They laugh about being a network of corruption, assume it, and play with the idea of a tragedy: the derailment of the Mayan Train as a consequence of the wrong materials they are selling. 

In five minutes, the friend and the cousin tore apart the Mexican President’s anti-corruption speech. El Clan—the influence-peddling network commanded by López Obrador’s children—is the very denial of AMLO’s discourse. They scoff at being the corruption network, and they know that what they are doing could cost lives. And they laugh. 

Why can they be so bold? Because they know the National Palace protects them. Because they know that what they do has the President’s endorsement. How else can they explain why they have not been touched? Even though Latinus has presented recordings and documents of how contracts are handled throughout the government, they have yet to announce a formal investigation. Their only response has been an incessant shrapnel of slander and persecution against the journalists and reporters who ventilate the corruption cases that have infected the government and the presidential family. 

Impunity is the hallmark of this government throughout the six-year term. Total impunity for AMLO’s relatives conducting obscure business that could cost the lives of hundreds of people, most of them tourists. 

In the words of Carlos Loret de Mola. “Now, the magnifying glass is on the Mayan Train. And a dangerous warning on the table.” 

 

The Yucatan Times
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