October 16, 2020

Former Mexican Defense Minister Arrested in US

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The Gist

Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda was arrested on Thursday after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport - he is accused of drug-related corruption.

The List

  • Zepeda was Mexico's minister of defense from 2012 to 2018 - he served under the administration of former president Enrique Peña Nieto. 
  • US prosecutors alleged Mr. Zepeda “used his official position to assist the H-2 Cartel, a notorious Mexican drug cartel, in exchange for bribes”.
  • The allegations against Zepeda may discredit the army, which has been seen as one of the cleaner institutions - less susceptible to corruption.
  • Mexico's president Andrés M. L. Obrador said "It is a very regrettable fact that a former defense secretary is detained, accused of drug trafficking," 
  • According to Mr. Obrador, current Mexico's defense and navy ministers are absolutely trustworthy - he has personally picked them.  

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