Mexico: Supreme Court justice resigns amid probe

ANKARA 

One of the eleven Supreme Court justices of Mexico has resigned amid corruption allegations, the Mexican president’s office said in a statement.

Not hinting a possible probe as of yet, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador accepted Mora’s resignation and would send it to the Senate for final approval, according to the statement on Thursday.

Appointed by former President Enrique Pena Nieto in 2015, reportedly to serve until 2030, Justice Eduardo Medina Mora, 62, was in the radar of country’s financial intelligence unit for a possible investigation into his monetary affairs.

Obrador told reporters in June that the U.S. authorities have tipped about Mora’s alleged corruption to the financial intelligence unit, according to local media reports.

Following the president’s public comments in June, the Senate asked the intelligence unit to look into financial transfers of a certain justice, without naming the person, according to the unit’s chief.

Mora was the director of the Mexican intelligence agency in 2000-2005. After a short term as the secretariat of public security under the government of former President Vicente Fox, he served as country’s attorney general under former President Felipe Calderon in 2006-2009.

He also served as Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S. and U.K.

Obrador has defeated Nieto’s long-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party last year with his agenda to combat high-level corruption in Mexico.
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