Mexico’s anti-money-laundering agency accuses former Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam of corruption

Former Mexican AG Jesus Murillo Karam has been accused of influence trafficking and tax evasion by Mexico's anti-money-laundering agency. Murillo Karam has been in jail since August.

Mexico’s anti-money-laundering agency said Tuesday it has found evidence of corruption on the part of the country’s former attorney general.

Jesus Murillo Karam, the former Attorney General, has been in jail since August for abuses he committed during the investigation into disappearances of 43 students in 2014.

Mexico’s Financial Intelligence Unit has confirmed that Murillo Karam did not declare $1.36million in income. His relatives were also involved in a company that could have benefited from government contracts in his term of office, 2012 to 2015.

Murillo Karam denies that he made a fake version of the disappearances of students to cover up for other people involved. The new allegations were not addressed by him immediately.


According to the unit, it sent evidence to prosecutors in support of possible charges of influence trafficking and tax evasion.

According to the report, an investigation revealed that Murillo Karam’s nephew, children and son-in law were involved in a private firm that received contracts from the government’s Communications and Transport Department.

Mexico’s AG Jesus Murillo Karam attended a press conference held in Mexico City on February 28, 2014. Mexico’s anti-money-laundering agency claims to have found evidence of corruption on the part of Murillo Karam. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

According to the unit, Murillo Karam’s son served as Murillo’s secretary during his time as attorney general. This raises the possibility of a swap of favors.

Murillo Karam (74), was responsible for Mexico’s initial investigation into 43 disappearances from a radical teachers college. He is now facing trial for forced disappearance and not reporting torture as well as official misconduct.


Murillo Karam acknowledged that there were “errors” in the investigation but stated that no one has been capable of proving another version of what happened in Guerrero state’s Iguala.

In 2014, he announced that the students were abducted by local police and turned over to a drug gang. Their bodies were burned at a dump, and their remains dumped in the river. It was the “historic truth,” he said.

Independent investigations and the current Attorney General’s Office refute this version. They claim that different levels of authorities were involved, such as security forces, and that evidence was altered and crime scene were altered.

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Also, there were instances of torture and improper arrests that allowed many of the directly involved gang members to escape.

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