The head of the Finance Intelligence Unit of the Treasury also gave details of the meetings he has had with the MX League and about investigations of people related to soccer
By Eduardo AlavezSeptember 21, 2020 Share on FacebookShare Share on TwitterTweet Share on WhatsAppShare
In August, before a Liga MX game, players came out with a banner in support of Billy Álvarez (Photo: Twitter / @CruzAzulCD)
Cooperativa La Cruz Azul has been experiencing critical moments for several months, due to the criminal complaints against Guillermo Álvarez Cuevas , its general director. However, the soccer team is not being investigated by Mexican authorities.
This was explained by Santiago Nieto , head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF), an organism of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP). The official pointed out that the complaints are for acts allegedly committed by Billy and his brother Alfredo, as well as his brother-in-law Víctor Garcés.
“Our power ends with the presentation of complaints before the Attorney General's Office (FGR) in the Cruz Azul case, particularly against the Álvarez and Víctor Garcés brothers. What we saw is that it does not impact the team, but rather a group of legal persons , front companies, in which they had taken resources from the management of the Cooperative ”, Nieto commented in a press conference this Monday.
Santiago Nieto, during the presentation of the National Risk Assessment this Monday (Photo: Twitter @Hacienda_Mexico)
During the presentation of the National Risk Assessment , the head of the FIU recalled that this agency filed a couple of complaints against the Cooperativa La Cruz Azul. For these reasons, Álvarez Cuevas and other directors of the cement company have arrest warrants against him, although they have not appeared before the authorities.
It is worth remembering that the whereabouts of Guillermo Álvarez Cuevas are unknown . The part close to the manager and opposed to the dissidence assured that this is a media strategy for Víctor Velázquez and José Antonio Marín to take power of the Cooperative. Furthermore, they assert that the arrest warrants violated due process for the accused.
Nieto also explained how the cooperative was suspended from blocking bank accounts , although they are in the middle of criminal investigations. He stated that there are three criteria for these cases.
The official pointed out that the complaints are for acts allegedly committed by Billy and his brother Alfredo, as well as his brother-in-law Víctor Garcés (Photo: Screenshot)
The first is that there is a suspension in an amparo trial . The second, that there is an agreement with the head of the FIU, in which there is a resolution guaranteeing the hearing and the person presents sufficient evidence to prove the legal origin of the resources.
In the case of the Mexican Cooperative, the official pointed out that the UIF sent a request to the Securities Banking Commission to allow the use of the accounts. This in order not to affect the economy and the development of legal entities.
“We have done it with the Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo, with Altos Hornos de México or with the Cooperativa La Cruz Azul,” he said. He also added that the only accounts blocked are those of the specific people who are being investigated .
Meetings of the FIU with Liga MX
The head of the FIU pointed out that his agency and Liga MX had two working meetings (Photo: Henry Romero / Reuters)
The head of the UIF pointed out that his agency and Liga MX had two work meetings. This according to the collaboration agreement signed on November 21 of last year, where Enrique Bonilla , president of the Mexican League, was present.
“The strategy at this time is to check if we find any type of illegality,” Santiago Nieto said at the press conference. ” They have asked us for our support to review some moral persons , companies related to football,” he completed.
Although he refused to give data due to the “secrecy of the investigations”, he announced that they are investigating sports promoters and athletes. “In this particular case, no complaints have been filed , ” he concluded on the matter.