Andrés Manuel López Obrador asked the Attorney General’s Office to make the case against Ricardo Anaya transparent, who accuses the president of wanting to imprison him for 30 years.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Wednesday asked the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) to make the case against the right-wing opposition leader Ricardo Anaya transparent, who accuses the president of wanting to imprison him for 30 years.

“This is a matter of public interest, which concerns us all, we all care. Hopefully and that the Prosecutor’s Office will make known why the summons to Anaya is so that it does not remain in speculation, if not, it will follow me blaming me, “declared the president at his press conference in Veracruz.

The controversy has grown since Anaya, who ran in 2018 against López Obrador, denounced over the weekend that the president seeks to stop him to prevent him from competing in 2024.

The politician from the conservative National Action Party (PAN) received a summons to testify this Thursday in the North Prison of Mexico City for crimes of corruption that, according to him, merit up to 30 years in prison.

The president accused Anaya of being a “hypocrite” and denied a “persecution”, for which he asked to disseminate the case, which he says derives from old complaints from his own PAN colleagues and Emilio Lozoya, former director of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) , involved in the Odebrecht plot.

“If the Prosecutor’s Office does not make the case known or the Judiciary, I will be insisting that the entire process be transparent. A golden rule of democracy is transparency because if not, he will continue speaking and the people it can be confused, “he said.

Hours before, Anaya challenged the president by announcing that he is willing to testify, only if it is “the same day, at the same time, before the same judge” as the president’s two brothers, Pío and Martín López Obrador, who has recently appeared in videos – dating from a few years earlier – in which they are seen receiving tickets.

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“That they give us exactly the same treatment and that our evidence be evaluated in the same way. There is video of them receiving cash, Andrés Manuel, the accusations against me are an invention of yours in the mouth of Lozoya,” Anaya said in a message.

By denying that he protects his brothers, López Obrador replied that “in a crafty way” Anaya wants to blame him for the legal process to avoid responding to justice.

“In the case of my brothers, the same, that the competent authority acts, I have nothing to do with the Prosecutor’s Office. It is no longer the time before when the president ordered the attorney what to do, that was the time in which the now opponents dominated, “he said.

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