Judge orders the Prosecutor’s Office to identify the witnesses against García Luna in advance

The judge who directs in New York the case for drug trafficking against the ex-secretary of Public Safety, Genaro Garcia Lunaordered this Wednesday the Prosecutor’s Office to brief the defense on the names of non-sensitive witnesses three days before the session in which they plan to appear, and only one day before in the case of sensitive witnesses.

In an extraordinary session that was held electronically, the judge Brian Cogan discussed with the parties the questions that will be given to potential jurors for their selection, the outlet reported. Vice.

Cogan called the hearing Tuesday, which was held remotely Wednesday, after bailiffs reported that they could not transfer the former prison official to the courts.

García Luna’s defense had requested that the names of relevant witnesses in the case will be revealed, something that the Prosecutor’s Office was opposed to considering that his identification could put his security at risk.

Cogan determined last July that jurors remain anonymous, isolated from the general public and that they are escorted by bailiffs for security reasons.

The togado considered that “there is strong reason to believe that the jury needs protection” given “the dangerousness of the defendant, demonstrated by the seriousness of the crimes with which he is accused.”

Likewise, the Prosecutor’s Office denounced that García Luna has attempted to manipulate witnesses through threats.

Government representatives pointed out that they would deliver a list of collaborating witnesses on December 9 but that for security reasons they preferred not to reveal other names until the date of their testimony approached.

It is expected that on January 9, the potential jurors will receive the questionnaires for their election, which It will start on the 17th of that month.

On Monday, the US government confirmed that the drug trafficker Édgar Valdez Villarreal, aka “La Barbie”, He was transferred to New York from Florida, to assist prosecutors in the preparation of the case against Genaro García Luna, according to information from the newspaper The Day.

Kent Schaffer, a former attorney for the drug trafficker, noted that your former client could have offered to testify in the trial against the former Mexican official.

In a court document pending in the Northern District Court in Atlanta, Georgia, it is revealed that from 2008 to 2010 the drug trafficker gave sensitive information to the DEA officein San Antonio, Texas, from the FBI, in McAllen, and to the FBI offices located in the United States embassy in Mexico through a third party.

In cooperation with the American government, he revealed the corruption of high officials of the Mexican government, including Genaro Garcia Luna and his large group of corrupt police officers headed by Luis Cárdenas Palomino, Facundo Rosas Rosas, Armando Espinosa de Benito, Eduardo Ramón Pequeño, Edgar Eusebio Millán, Francisco Javier Garza Palacios and Gerardo Garay Cadena.

Édgar Valdez Villarreal was arrested in Mexico in 2010 and extradited to the United States in September 2016. In June 2018, he was sentenced to 49 years and one month for the crimes of drug trafficking and money laundering.

(With information from EFE Y Aristegui News)