(CNN Español) – president of mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez ObradorOn Friday, he denounced the existence of a “black campaign” against him behind the publication of a video showing his younger brother, Martin, receiving several packets of money equivalent to about US$7,500 from David Lyons, your government’s former national civil protection coordinator through August 2020.
“The intent is to harm me or try to harm me, it is the usual black campaign of my opponent, we are already used to it, but we always got out of the slander unharmed,” the president said. Press Conference.
In this case, Lopez Obrador said, it’s a personal matter, a loan. He also noted that he had not contacted his brother in five years, but if there was a complaint, it should be filed.
“If a brother, cousin, daughter-in-law or any relative has already mentioned it, since crime has taken hold, they should be prosecuted, and there should be no impunity,” he said.
The video was broadcast Thursday on the LatinUS portal by journalist Carlos Loret de Mola.
According to this medium, the audio-visual material was supposed to be filmed in 2015, shortly before the first elections in which the Morena party, founded by López Obrador and with official registration before the National Electoral Institute (INE) since July 2014, took part.
Through your Twitter account“The resources mentioned there were personal, as a result of my savings and on the occasion of taking out a loan,” David Leon Romero wrote on Friday.
CNN was unable to independently verify the date this material was recorded, nor where it was made. In the same way, there is an attempt to contact Martin Lopez Obrador, as well as Leon Romero himself, to find out his opinion, but so far no response has been obtained.
This isn’t the first time Leon Romero has been shown in a video handing purported parcels of money to a relative of the Mexican president.
Background: Videos featuring another brother of AMLO
In August 2020, the same portal broadcast a call and two videos in which Peo Lopez Obrador, one of the president’s brothers, appeared to receive money, six years ago, during the election campaign in the state of Chiapas, in the south of the country. .
At the time, David Leon Romero noted that the money given to Pio Lopez Obrador was intended to organize “gatherings and other activities” for the Morena party.
Then the President of Mexico said They are “contributions in strengthening the movement … at a time when it was the people who supported, basically, we have been fighting for many years and the people have funded us as when the revolutions broke out.”
Lopez Obrador added that the attorney general’s office would be responsible for investigating the origin and destination of what was handed over to his brother and determining whether any financial or electoral crime had been committed. He even confirmed that he would be willing to testify before the Public Prosecution Office to explain “what I should do with this case.”
According to the National Institute of Statistics, there is an individual limit on the financial contributions each political party can receive from supporters. This equates to approximately $100,000 USD.
On May 12, the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary rejected one of the two appeals filed by Pio López Obrador to prevent the ongoing investigations into the National Electoral Institute from continuing, in response to the August 2020 post-trial complaint. – Distribution of videos by the National Action and Democratic Revolution parties.
On June 30, the National Statistics Institute’s Oversight Committee stated that there had been “a lack of response from the Mexican authorities to provide the information necessary to remove the burden of investigations and terminate the proceedings”, including the file of Peo Lopez Obrador. So far he has not spoken publicly about the case.
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