Photo: MEXICO: Prosecutors Seek Arrest Warrant for Ex-Gov. Reynoso Femat
Prosecutors in Mexico are seeking an arrest warrant for former Aguascalientes Gov. Luis Armando Reynoso Femat for illicit enrichment and “abuse of public service,” Aguascalientes Attorney General Felipe Muñoz said.
Reynoso Femat, a member of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, managed to quash an arrest warrant issued in May.
“We have asked the judge to issue an (arrest) warrant to us,” Muñoz told Radio Formula.
Reynoso Femat, who governed Aguascalientes from 2004 to 2010, is being investigated for numerous irregular transactions that occurred while he was in office, the AG said.
Prosecutors are looking at the roles played by several other individuals, including the former governor’s son, Luis Armando Reynoso Lopez, in the deals, Muñoz said.
The case was opened by federal prosecutors and later ended up the hands of state prosecutors “due to incompetence,” Muñoz said.
Reynoso Femat made his first appearance before prosecutors on June 17 and asked a court less than a week later to quash the arrest warrant.
In another case involving a former governor, Andres Granier, who led the government of Tabasco state from 2006 to 2012, appeared before a judge on Wednesday.
Granier faces money laundering, tax fraud and other charges.
The 65-year-old Granier, who returned to Mexico earlier this month from Miami, was taken to jail on Tuesday night after being hospitalized for the treatment of heart problems following his return to the country.
A judge in Tabasco issued two arrest warrants for Granier earlier this week, the federal Attorney General’s Office said.
The arrest warrants were issued “because of the likely commission of crimes in transactions involving resources from illicit sources and fiscal fraud,” the AG’s office said in a statement.
Granier, a member of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, had previously been wanted only for questioning by state prosecutors in Tabasco, which is located in southeast Mexico.
Tabasco Gov. Arturo Nuñez said on Feb. 22 that an audit of the Granier administration found 1.91 billion pesos ($152 million) was missing.
The former governor alleges that Nuñez, a member of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, was behind a campaign to discredit the PRI.