The open struggle between Governor Cuauhtemoc Blanco and the Morelos prosecutor, Uriel Carmona, continues to escalate. Final week Carmona was arrested in Cuernavaca by the Mexico Metropolis Prosecutor’s Workplace in a powerful operation and transferred to the capital. The crimes charged in opposition to him should do with obstruction of justice within the case of the younger Ariadna Fernanda Lopez, murdered in Mexico Metropolis and whose physique was present in Morelos. Till the complementary investigation is completed, the prosecutor should stay in pretrial detention, nevertheless, that doesn’t imply that he has left his place. Carmona has constitutional jurisdiction that forestalls him from being tried for a critical crime. The Mexico Metropolis Prosecutor’s Workplace, for its half, argues that the crime charged in opposition to him is widespread legislation and, subsequently, he will be prosecuted.
Three days after the arrest, Blanco has given his first statements in public. The governor has assured that the case shouldn’t be about political persecution and slipped that he’ll ship a shortlist of candidates to switch the prosecutor. He has 20 days to ship his proposal to Congress. “Sure, we’re going to do it, when this occurs, let’s hope that they work with Congress,” mentioned the governor. It isn’t the primary time that the politician has referred to as for the dismissal of Carmona, a prosecutor appointed by the earlier governor, Graco Ramirez, and whom he factors out for corruption. “I’m not a persecutor or assassin nor do I attain that diploma of savageness as maybe the earlier one [gobernante] I did it”, declared Blanco.
Uriel Carmona’s scenario is advanced and unprecedented. By no means earlier than had a prosecutor been in pretrial detention and had continued to be a prosecutor. Additionally, by no means earlier than had a prosecutor’s workplace mobilized to arrest the prosecutor of one other State with a powerful armed operation. Carmona is going through one of the crucial tough moments within the greater than 5 years that he has been in workplace. Nonetheless, solely the State Congress can dismiss him by means of a trial of origin that removes the constitutional privilege that he enjoys. “The native congress is the one physique that may take away procedural immunity to be tried for crimes of the widespread order. Crimes which were dedicated with respect to the legal guidelines of the State of Morelos, not of one other entity,” says constitutional lawyer Sergio Palancares.
Carmona blames his arrest on Governor Blanco and the previous head of presidency of Mexico Metropolis, Claudia Sheinbaum. Aspiring to be the candidate of Morena within the subsequent presidential elections of 2024. “Cuauhtemoc Blanco has requested the President of the Republic to do away with me, take away me from the Prosecutor’s Workplace, as a result of he thinks that we’re going to proceed in opposition to him, as a result of the Public Ministry I’m in control of greater than ten recordsdata in opposition to the governor for critical crimes,” he informed EL PAIS, minutes earlier than he was arrested.
Just a few months in the past, the nationwide press reported that the governor may run within the upcoming elections as a multi-member senator for Morena or that he would search to be mayor of the Cuauhtemoc mayor’s workplace in Mexico Metropolis, the place he’s from. These assertions have been denied by Blanco himself. “Once I say so, that’s the place you’ll discover out, however no, nothing to do with it,” he informed the press. Lately, his brother, Ulises Bravo, has been elected president of Morena within the State of Morelos.