MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican Supreme Courtroom Justice has resigned, the president’s workplace mentioned on Thursday, after the decide confronted questions on a potential probe by Mexico’s monetary intelligence unit.
FILE PHOTO: Mexico’s new Supreme Courtroom decide Eduardo Medina Mora (R) arrives to attend an official welcoming ceremony for him on the Supreme Courtroom constructing in Mexico Metropolis March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Henry Romero/File Photograph
Justice Eduardo Medina Mora, 62, was appointed below prior President Enrique Pena Nieto in 2015, and, in line with native media, was set to serve till 2030.
Below the final administration he additionally was ambassador to america, and below prior President Felipe Calderon, was lawyer common.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador accepted Medina Mora’s request to depart his put up and would ship it to the Senate for closing approval, his workplace mentioned, however didn’t present additional particulars.
Medina Mora couldn’t be reached for remark.
Lopez Obrador informed reporters in June that the monetary intelligence unit, which probes cash laundering and different monetary crimes, had acquired data on Medina Mora from U.S. authorities.
He declined to state whether or not an investigation was underway.
Following Lopez Obrador’s June feedback, the monetary intelligence chief mentioned his workplace had been requested by the Senate to research the monetary transfers pertaining to a Justice, with out naming the individual.
The monetary intelligence unit declined to touch upon Thursday.
Lopez Obrador, a veteran leftist who unseated Pena Nieto’s decades-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Occasion (PRI) when he took workplace in December, has vowed to root out Mexico’s entrenched corruption, ranging from the highest.
Medina Mora’s exit, which leaves 10 different justices within the court docket, was uncommon, mentioned Ricardo Monreal, Senate chief of the president’s leftist Nationwide Regeneration Motion (MORENA).
“I actually lament his resolution, however he’ll have his personal story and fact to inform,” Monreal informed reporters.
Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon and Miguel Angel Gutierrez. Enhancing by Lincoln Feast.