The decision that the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judicial Power (TEPJF) takes on the case of Pío López Obrador It will be decisive for the electoral authorities to be able or not to investigate Odebrecht’s bribes, the alleged illicit financing in the PRI campaigns of 2012 and 2015, as well as the supposed payment of moches to the PAN legislators to approve the Energy Reform of Enrique Peña Nieto.
Electoral authorities consider that if the Electoral Court decides to adhere to the prescription of crimes of three years from the act of committing the act, then The acts of corruption uncovered after the statements of the former director of Pemex, Emilio Lozoya, could not be reopened either.
A week ago, the Electoral Court approved with the votes of justices José Luis Vargas, Felipe de la Mata Pizaña, Felipe Fuentes Barrera and Mónica Soto to reject the project of the magistrate Indalfer Infante Gonzales who sought to reject the request of Pío López Obrador to be order the INE to stop investigating it.
Pío’s argument and his defense was that the video in which he appears receiving cash from David León was recorded in 2015 and if there was a crime, prescribed since 2018 for the three-year term established by law at that time. In addition to the fact that the video is illegal because it violates your right to privacy and to punish it, it could even fall into an irreparable violation of your political rights of free affiliation and support of any political movement.
With the votes against the judges Janine Otálora, Reyes Rodríguez Mondragón and the speaker Infante Gonzales, They decided to turn the project over again so that these effects are analyzed in depth and a final decision is made.
On this occasion, it is in the hands of the presiding magistrate José Luis Vargas who it will have to determine whether or not the INE can continue with the investigation which is ongoing.
In the public session of November 25, the magistrates who endorsed an in-depth analysis of the matter, argued that if indeed the crimes are prescribed it would be « idle » to conclude the investigation as no type of sanction could be applied.
Thus, the fate of the fight against acts of corruption of the past administration headed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will depend on the favorable response or not, that his brother obtains. If Pío wins against the TEPJF and manages to get the INE to stop investigating him, The government of the fourth transformation will not be able to demand sanctions from the electoral referee for the alleged crimes committed in the campaigns that the president himself accuses, were involved in fraud, federal government intervention and misuse of public resources.