Mexico’s top auditor sees consensus for new anti-graft court

The independent court would address the problem highlighted in the report, which is that Mexico's internal investigators are both judge and jury.
The independent court would address the problem highlighted in the report, which is that Mexico’s internal investigators are both judge and jury.

By Elinor Comlay and Luis Rojas / Reuters

Mexico’s top auditor is optimistic the country can address a crisis of confidence in its institutions, in part by introducing an independent court to sanction public servants for corruption offenses.

Congress is to discuss a so-called new anti-corruption system during its current term and Juan Portal, who heads Mexico’s Federal Audit Office (ASF), said there appears to be broad agreement on key aspects of the plan.

Mexico’s government is struggling to win back public confidence since it emerged that President Enrique Pena Nieto, his wife and Finance Minister Luis Videgaray bought houses from companies that won government contracts.

“At this point it seems like things are going well; there’s consensus that there should be an independent court,” Portal said. “We need just one body with the power to sanction all aspects of government.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/19/us-mexico-auditor-idUSKBN0LN29P20150219

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