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Cablegate: Pgr Shake-Up

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Embassy Mexico
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08MEXICO2085
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RHMFISS/CDR USNORTHCOM
RHMFISS/CDR USSOUTHCOM MIAMI FL
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHINGTON DC
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TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM SNAR KCRM MX
C O N F I D E N T I A L MEXICO 002371

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DEPARTMENT FOR INL

E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/12/2027
TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM SNAR KCRM MX
SUBJECT: PGR SHAKE-UP
REF: MEXICO 2085

Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission Leslie A. Bassett, reason: 1.4 (
b),(d).

1. (C) According to post's law enforcement community (LEC),
evidence from A U.S. law enforcement source (see reftel)
uncovered high-level corruption within the Attorney General's
Office (PGR) -- suggesting several officials had been
compromised by the Sinaloa cartel. The evidence, shared with
Attorney General Medina Mora, led to the requested
resignation of all five Deputy Attorney Generals and the
arrest of several SIEDO investigators detailed from the
military. PGR's investigation on this matter is ongoing and
they have requested that information not be disseminated.

2. (C) The only publicly confirmed move is that of Noe
Ramirez Mandujano who served as the head of PGR's
anti-organized crime unit, SIEDO. PGR's official statement
said the resignation was part of a rejiggering in anti-crime
efforts requested by President Calderon and "failure to
perform" on Ramirez's part. The new, but only temporary,
head of SIEDO is Marisela Morales Ibanez, who previously
headed up the agency's people-trafficking unit.

3. (C) The other four deputy attorney generals (DAGs) who
were requested to resign are Jose Luis Santiago Vasconcelos
(who is responsible for legal and international affairs);
Victor Emilio Corzo (regional controls and injunctions);
Felipe Munoz (federal crimes); and Juan de Dios Castro (human
rights). Of these four, Santiago Vasconcelos is the only one
expected to be removed and may be replaced by one of the
other DAGs. A reorganization of PGR is expected to take
place within the next 15 days.
Visit Mexico City's Classified Web Site at
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/wha/mexicocity and the North American
Partnership Blog at http://www.intelink.gov/communities/state/nap /
BASSETT

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