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Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office hides information on the exercise of debt due to COVID-19

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Guadalajara Jalisco.

Recently the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office in the Fight against Corruption of the State of Jalisco decided to reserve the investigation folder related to the COVID-19 debt that the Government of Jalisco acquired in 2020, and that amounts to 6 thousand 200 million pesos; however, the specified period of years It goes against the State Transparency Law.

In 2020, the FECC received two complaints to monitor and investigate the debt, but after two years and without any resolutionthe body that is in charge of verifying that there is no corruption decided under the argument of possible damage to lock the research folder and hide it without giving a public version.

The commissioner of the Institute for Transparency, Public Information and Protection of Personal Data, Salvador Romero Espinosa argued that The case is unknown because the agency has not yet been notifiedbut specified the permitted period established by law in Article 19. Reservation-Periods and Extension.

Article 19. Reserve- Periods and Extinction

1. The confidentiality of public information will be determined by the obligated subject through the Transparency Committee and may never exceed five years, except in cases in which security is put at risk as long as such circumstance persists, for which it must issue the corresponding agreement.

ā€œIn each specific case, you have to justify, according to the ligaments, why you reserve one year, three or six years. In fact, eight years is not allowed by law, I think there must be some misinformation there because the maximum period for which a single moment reservation can be made is five yearsā€.

In the document, the FECC detailed that the information for abuse of authority for seven years and six monthsand the one related to the illegal use of powers and powers for eight years and nine months, time in which both crimes are prescribed.

The reform of the guidelines was recently approved at the national level so that the more than eight thousand obligated subjects in Mexico do not reserve public information under arguments that are not clear or that are too technical; However, said law, which will enter into force in 2023, is not retroactive, reported Salvador Romero.

ā€œThe reservations that have already been made about it cannot be retroactive, but as of when it comes into force, these new guidelines will have to be applied and these new steps followed. Change the order even in the steps in how the damage test was previously regulated so the computer is more logical and clearer for the citizenā€.

Salvador Romero added that the manner in which ITEI can intervene in the determination by the FECCwhich is outlawed, is through the appeal, which has not yet reached the body.

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