Lawyers for former Mexican security chief seek details of evidence in US drug case

Former Mexican security secretary Genaro Garcia Luna was watched by his wife while appearing before judge Robert Levy
Former Mexican security secretary Genaro Garcia Luna is watched by his wife as he appears before Judge Robert Levy in Brooklyn federal court in New York, U.S., February 28, 2020 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS / Jane Rosenberg / File

December 15, 2021

By Luc Cohen

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A lawyer for a former Mexican security chief facing US drug trafficking charges on Wednesday asked for details about the evidence prosecutors will use. against his client, arguing that the documents he had reviewed so far had nothing to do with the crime.

Genaro Garcia Luna, who served as Mexico’s minister of public security from 2006 to 2012, pleaded not guilty last year to charges of accepting millions of dollars in bribes to protect the Sinaloa drug cartel once run by Joaquin. “El Chapo” Guzman runs and allows it to operate with retribution.

During an appearance in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday, Garcia Luna’s attorney Cesar de Castro said he was still reviewing “millions of pages” of evidence prosecutors shared and asked them to identify what documents they will use to build their case.

“We have not seen any evidence of a crime or involvement with drug traffickers,” De Castro said, adding that the majority of the documents he reviewed did not mention Garcia Luna’s name. .

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan agreed that the defense was “entitled to assist” by prosecutors, likening their task to identifying evidence related to “searching for a harbor in the ocean.” .

Prosecutors said they have also completed a review of classified documents related to the case. Cogan has scheduled a hearing next June to discuss how the documents could be used in the case.

In September, the Mexican government filed a lawsuit against Garcia Luna in Florida, where he lived before his 2019 arrest in Dallas, in an effort to recover what is known as illegally obtained property.

(Reporting by Luc Cohen in New York; Editing by Bernadette Baum) Lawyers for former Mexican security chief seek details of evidence in US drug case


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