Former attorney Jesús Murillo Karam, who remains hospitalized in the Medical Tower of the Tepepan prison, south of Mexico City, must remain deprived of his liberty for at least the remainder of the yearafter a control judge denied the former official the house arrest that he had requested through his defense.
Marco Antonio Fuerte Tapia, Control Judge of the Federal Criminal Justice Center of the North Capital Prison, rejected the change of precautionary measures in favor of Murillo, because the risk of flight remains despite the fact that he has undergone surgery and, according to his lawyer, he must continue to receive specialized medical treatment.
After a hearing that lasted about 8 hours, in which the former official appeared remotely via videoconference, the judge determined that, for the moment, the medical attention and observation that he requires “is being given”, and for this “Your home is not the best place.”
In contrast, Javier López García, one of the detainee’s lawyers, stated that it seems “Incredible that a 74-year-old person, who has all these diseases that could be demonstrated with all the evidence that was mentioned, could have the intention of escaping”, as argued by the federal Public Ministry at the hearing.
Given this, the criminal López García informed the press that they will appeal the judge’s decision, although the resolution of that appeal could go up to 2023.
The defenders of Jesús Murillo Karam, who was arrested last August and is accused of crimes against the administration of justice, forced disappearance and torture, They initially requested the provisional release of the former official, with the wearing of an electronic bracelet and the delivery of his passport.
In the same request, the litigants López García and Elvia Marina Vázquez Mendoza, pointed out that, if these benefits were not granted, then house arrest would be imposed.
The petition was based on several expert opinions and medical reports that would show that Murillo Karam’s health makes the possibility of escape unfeasible, due to his deterioration, to which is added that his bank accounts are blocked by order of the Intelligence Unit. Finance Ministry of the Treasury.
The criminal justices added to the documentation that was given to the judge the reports of the staff of the North Prison, in which it is indicated that the ex-prosecutor was treated medically on 11 occasions since he arrived at that prison, including one in which he had a crisis. of hypertension.
Likewise, six times he had to be transferred to a public hospital, while last November he spent 27 days in intensive careafter he underwent surgery for heart disease.
In this vein, the federal Public Ministry told the judge that Murillo’s state of health “is better than it was on August 24, when justified preventive detention was imposed on him.”
After hearing the positions of the defense and the Prosecutor’s Office, Judge Marco Antonio Fuerte Tapia determined that the conditions that justified the preventive detention of the former public servant have not changed.
“The diseases were already known from the initial hearing”, pointed out the gown, and in the same way, he has been given medical treatment, including a surgical operation that “was successful”, so “it is not appropriate for him to be admitted to a hospital because he already is”, concluded the judger.
The Tepepan prison is an exclusive Social Readaptation Center for women, although it has a medical area that also treats men deprived of their liberty who require the specialized services of the doctors who work in that institution.
The former head of the defunct Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) was arrested last August, due to the numerous irregularities with which the investigation into the disappearance -in 2014- of the 43 Ayotzinapa normalistas was carried out.
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In that investigation, facts were hidden and invented, evidence disappeared, and dozens of defendants tortured, in order to reach a conclusion that is not consistent with what really happened with the students, according to the current Attorney General’s Office. , and the Commission for the Truth and Access to Justice of the Ayotzinapa Case of the Ministry of the Interior.
If found responsible for the crimes for which you are accused, Jesús Murillo Karam could be sentenced to between 10 and 60 years in prison.
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