Manlio Fabio Beltrones and his daughter are summoned for money laundering in Andorra
Mexico.- Andorra reopened the money laundering case against Manlio Fabio Beltrones, former president of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and his daughter, Sylvana Beltrones, Republic senator for the same party. Magistrate Joan Carles Moynat, of Andorra's Specialized Section 1, sent a request for judicial assistance to the Mexican authorities in March to request the statement by videoconference of Beltrones and his daughter, the Spanish newspaper "El País" assured.
According to the investigation, between 2009 and 2010, Senator Beltrones hid 10.4 million dollars in Andorra when that country was shielded by bank secrecy. The leader herself entered that amount when she was 26 years old and did not hold any public office, but her father was a coordinator of the PRI members in the Senate.
This investigation began in July 2015 with the accusation of the former PRI president and the senator and in October 2018 after the Mexican Prosecutor's Office, then known as the Attorney General's Office (PGR), prepared a report of non-exercise of the criminal action, because according to the document, the tax offense of Sylvana Beltrones, 40, had prescribed.
Between 2012 and 2018, during the term of former PRI president Enrique Peña Nieto, the Prosecutor's Office used the strategy of not exercising criminal action to achieve the suspension by a judge for lack of evidence in Andorra against Peña Nieto's lawyer, Juan Collado, who moved 120 million dollars in Andorra. The trap consisted of opening an investigation in Mexico to validate the origin of the money and then submitting the report to the Andorran Justice and forcing the judges of the European country to archive the investigation.
In addition, the Mexican Attorney General's Office is also investigating Beltrones and his daughter for alleged irregularities related to the same Andorran accounts. Luis Alejandro Capdevielle, lawyer and federal deputy substitute in 2012 for Manlio Fabio Beltrones, is also being investigated by the Mexican authorities and the Andorran justice system.
On December 30, 2009, Capdevielle transferred nine million dollars to Sylvana's Private Banking account in Andorra. The money arrived a week after Capdevielle collected 10 million in the Andorran bank from the company Videoserpel Ltd, a Swiss firm from Zug that managed the rights to programs and brands assigned by Grupo Televisa.
The Andorran court is investigating whether the payment by Grupo Televisa to Capdevielle is an indirect commission to Manlio Fabio Beltrones for the so-called Televisa Law, approved unanimously in 2006, that is, three years earlier.
In an interview for "El País", Sylvana Beltrones said that she opened her account in Andorra to collect money that Capdevielle owed her after the dissolution of the Habica household goods store. The senator explained that between 2006 and 2015 she was the executor of Capdeville and that the income of nine million was because he asked her to keep her funds so that they would not be part of a divorce lawsuit that she was facing.
Sylvana's mother, Sylvia Sánchez, who passed away in 2021, also opened two other accounts in Andorra Private Banking between 2008 and 2009 that had no movements. Manlio's wife told the bank that her intention was to deposit 2.8 million dollars into the entity for the sale of two apartments in Miami.
Eight years after the start of the investigation in Andorra, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) assured that Manlio Fabio Beltrones, who was PRI president until 2016, allegedly protected four drug traffickers during his career: the former heads of the drug cartel Sinaloa Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and Héctor 2El Güero Palma”, and the late Héctor Beltrán Leyva, and Amado Carrillo Fuentes, Lord of the Skies.
The DEA investigation connects the former PRI leader with the drug trafficker after "the collaboration of this instruction with the DEA." These links are not new. In 1997, The New York Times included him in a list of Mexican officials with alleged ties to "El Señor de los Cielos."
In a telephone interview for the Spanish newspaper, Manlio Fabio assured that “It is irresponsible and unfair that a slander of this type appears in an investigation in Andorra. I don't know what the judge's reason will be, but you should know that it is completely false and defamatory to me and my family. Neither I nor my daughter know Andorra and she hasn't had an account there for 12 years. We already explained everything to the judge and we will do it again in the same terms.
Antoni Riestra, lawyer in Andorra for the senator of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) Sylvana Beltrones, was also contacted by "El País" and described the accusation as absurd.
Riestra, a lawyer who also defends Luis Alejandro Capdevielle, supports the legality of the origin of the 10.4 million that the leader placed in the Private Bank of Andorra in 2009 and ensures that the money was for the sale of a store in Mexico.
"Mrs. Sylvana Beltrones has not had an account in any bank in Andorra for 12 years," Riestra replied via email.
These investigations by the Andorran authorities are added to those of Juan Collado, lawyer for former PRI president Enrique Peña Nieto, who is also being investigated by the authorities of that country, and who has the theory that not all expenses They were from Collado. It is suspected that many of the beneficiaries of these lavish expenses were Mexican politicians.
With information from SPR
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