The FIU pointed out that in October and September 2017 it received the amount of 7 million 800 thousand pesos, in cash deposits, in at least 13 states of the country (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

This Tuesday, the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Mexico executed an account blocking agreement against frames « N »: you are identified as the leader of Peasant Torch, a political organization that operates in the federative entity of Guanajuato.

Through a statement, the instance of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) reported that « derived from a financial analysis » it was possible to locate that the accused made cash withdrawals for 443,000 pesos in 2014.

« Similarly, it was found that said person does not file tax returns”Said the FIU. However, in October and September 2017, he received the amount of 7 million 800 thousand pesos, in deposits in cash, in at least 13 states of the country.

On August 18, the UIF reported that the accounts of three legal entities and seven individuals linked to the National Antorchist Movement were frozen (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

Also, sent 3 million pesos to a Settlers Association, which, it was pointed out, « also presents irregularities in the handling of cash. »

In the same way, said person is part of the Supervisory Council of a Civil Association that was alerted by financial institutions because the origin of the resources received is unknown.

The FIU highlighted « its commitment to carry out actions that inhibit the use of the Mexican financial system by organizations that have as a purpose to hide the origin of resources of illegal origin, to strengthen compliance with the rule of law, providing legal security to citizens ”.

On August 18, The FIU reported that the accounts of three legal entities and seven natural persons linked to the National Antorchist Movement were frozen.

The head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF), Santiago Nieto (Photo: . / José Méndez / File)

Headed by Santiago Nieto, the FIU explained that the blocking of these accounts is due to members of the aforementioned organization, to which various public servants of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) belong, they received unspecified amounts of cash « outside the law ».

The Antorchista Movement reacted to the actions of the FIU by accusing the current governor of Puebla, Miguel Barbosa, of using the investigative instance of the SHCP as instrument of a « political revenge ».

Brazil Acosta Peña, federal deputy and member of the National Executive Committee of the Antorchista Movement, affirmed that the reasons for the alleged attack that he indicates are retaliation « against those who question him because of his terrible government » and that the accusations of the FIU are something « Totally false and fabricated because no Antorcha leader has received resources of any kind, neither now nor in the past. »

Miguel Barbosa has not made any statement in this regard. However, he himself has recently been involved in alleged illegal acts. In a document released by journalist Ciro Gómez Leyva in Imagen Noticias, the former director of Pemex, Emilio Lozoya, accused the governor of Puebla of having accepted millionaire bribes to favor the Energy Reform during Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration. Barbosa denied the veracity of these accusations.

The FIU explained that it was together with the prosecutors of Puebla and the State of Mexico that the 10 accounts already mentioned were frozen (Photo: Twitter @AntorchaOficial)

What is the National Antorchist Movement?

In its beginnings, the group only bore the name of Peasant Torch, since it began as an effort conceived within the National School of Agriculture (ENA) to ensure that people with the lowest income had priority when entering said institution educational.

Aquiles Córdova Morán, who was a professor at ENA, led the group of students and teachers who proposed the « Chapingo Autonomous University Project » (UACh) to achieve their demands. Although he did not manage to position himself as a leader of the UACh, he continued with his organization until in 1974 the National Antorchist Movement was formed as such, which decided to leave the student efforts to become a popular group.

On the other hand, Since 1988 the National Antorchist Movement in its political life has always been linked to the PRI as one of its main allies. Currently, deputies of the PRI Brazil Alberto Acosta Peña, Lenin Nelson Camos Córdova and Luis Eleusis Leónidas are also members of the Antorchista Movement and, according to the PRI Federal Deputies Twitter account, they are some of the characters investigated by the UIF.

In the 2017 state elections of the State of Mexico, Aquiles Córdova assured that his movement would vote in favor of the current PRI governor of that entity, Alfredo del Mazo. Also in 2018 they positioned themselves in favor of the PRI candidate for the presidency, José Antonio Meade, and against President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

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