Osorio Chong: the next big fish in the Q4 crusade

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Every day the name of Miguel Angel Osorio Chong it sounds more frequently in the investigations regarding possible cases of corruption in the previous administration.

Recently, several investigations have been made public that, although they do not directly accuse the Hidalgo politician, they point to people with whom he was directly related when he was head of the Ministry of the Interior in the six-year term of Enrique Peña Nieto.

The Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) allegedly issued arrest warrants against 19 officials of the previous administration, of the now defunct Federal Police and National Security Commission (CNS), who worked closely with Osorio, current coordinator of the bench of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the Senate.

These arrest warrants are derived from the investigations carried out by the Superior Auditor of the Federation (ASF) in the review of the Public Accounts of the previous administration, in which it has found irregularities and deviations for several billions of pesos.

Among these officials involved, the cases of Jesus Orta, who was general secretary of the Federal Police, during the first years of Peña Nieto’s administration and until his departure in 2014, as well as general director of administration in the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System.

Jesús Orta Martínez (Photo: Cuartoscuro)
Jesús Orta Martínez (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

It also highlights the case of Frida Martínez Zamora, who has worked with Osorio Chong since he was governor of the state of Hidalgo, and who took over as general secretary of the Federal Police upon leaving Orta.

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Various inflated payments are investigated in the purchase, maintenance and leasing of equipment and vehicles; including that of an espionage system, ‘Comprehensive Intelligence Solution for Monitoring Social Networks and Smart Location’, for which 500 million pesos were paid to foreign companies, although the ASF estimated that its real value was only 20 million .

A contract of 170 million pesos in equipment that was not delivered by the supplier; another for 800 million in patrol and surveillance services requested from a private company, but it was never proven that they were actually carried out.

There are anomalies for 8 billion pesos during the 2018 fiscal year. And there is a lack of documentation and reports of results that justify some 42 million delivered to various officials as public and national security expenses.

Apparently, almost all the officials involved in these investigations occupied administrative areas, which in fact were managing the instructions of their superiors, among whom was Osorio Chong himself.

Faced with this situation, there have been many who warn of the imminent danger facing the former Secretary of the Interior, who could be severely implicated by the testimonies presented by the 19 officials who are allegedly investigated by the FGR.

“The hunt has begun. The former Secretary of the Interior of Enrique Peña Nieto is being surrounded from all sides “, Héctor de Mauleón points out in his column this Monday in The universal.

Photo: Cuartoscuro
Photo: Cuartoscuro

For his part, Raymundo Riva Palacio, in his column of The financial, warns that “A criminal charge is on the horizon, But it will depend on whether his inner circle, faced with evidence of his guilt, adheres to the criterion of opportunity to avoid greater penalties, and begins to talk about how high the orders for the diversion of money that supposedly should have been used in fighting criminals reached ”.

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In addition to the investigations of the FGR against his former collaborators, Osorio Chong also faces an investigation by the Ministry of Public Function (SFP), for an abrupt increase in his assets, of 14 million 57 thousand 404 pesos, whose origin has not been explained or justified.

This alleged irregular enrichment occurred precisely when Osorio Chong was in charge of the Ministry of the Interior, between 2014 and 2017, during Enrique Peña Nieto’s six-year term.

On the other hand, it should be remembered that the name Osorio Chong has also been mentioned in the middle of the scandal of the investigation into the former director of Pemex, Emilio Lozoya, accused of money laundering, criminal association and bribery, in the cases of purchase and sale Fraudulent of the Agro Nitrogenados plant.


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