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Mexico approves reform to Attorney General’s Office Law

Mexico approves reform to Attorney General’s Office Law

Mexico, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) The new law of the Attorney General's Office was sent to Mexico's Senate on Friday for its confirmation, after being approved by the House of Deputies after negotiating six changes.
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However, the main demand by the groups of victims of disappearance that the Attorney General’s Office does not extend the investigation and search of people by arguing its autonomy was not considered.

Some of the changes discussed were: the Attorney General’s Office should exert its power to attract ordinary cases (authorities with public positions including the president of the republic), when it comes to a matter of social significance, and the victims can request it to exert it.

It was also proposed that the institution assists crime victims and receives proposals for lines of investigation from them and their advisors, to be taken into consideration in their inquiries.

During the 12-hour-long discussion of all 193 reservations presented to the articles of the law, the government and the opposition separately agreed that the changes are intended for citizens, nothing is final, everything can be improved, and the project can be corrected.

However, some members of the Morena party were discontent with the document and took distance from most of their peers from the party, which was seen by the opposition as a fracture of the legislators that support the government.

The project was approved with 302 votes in favor, 135 against and 10 abstentions. Fifteen lawmakers who are members of the Morena party voted against it, including Porfirio Muñoz Ledo, Alfonso Ramirez Cuellar, Ruben Cayetano Garcia and Sergio Mayer. Another four members abstained.

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