Mexico’s Attorney General, Alejandro Gertz Manero, is convalescing at home after surgery, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported Monday.
The president said that there has been a lot of speculation about the health of the 82-year-old Attorney General, with a “very miserable” and “bad faith” attitude. “Surgical intervention was done on the back, on the spine,” he said. “He is at his house, he is fine, he is in recovery, he is even working and we wish him well.”
Gertz Manero’s state of health was widely discussed over the weekend on social networks, but López Obrador assured that the disease he suffers from “is not cancer, according to my information,” as was said in said forums.
López Obrador confirmed that the surgery was the reason why the prosecutor was not present at the bilateral summit between Mexico and the United States that took place two weeks ago in Mexico City. He added that both President Joe Biden and the US attorney were informed “of the reason for the absence.”
Gertz Manero is a lawyer and law professor who has held public office since the 1970s. He was the federal Secretary of Public Security in the 2000s and the highest-ranking police officer in Mexico City as well as once serving as a deputy and have several positions in the former Attorney General’s Office.
In 2019, he was chosen by the Senate among several candidates proposed by the president as head of the new Attorney General’s Office. Since then he has been criticized for being too close to López Obrador.
During his administration, important trials have been initiated both for corruption -such as that of Emilio Lozoya, former director of Petróleos Mexicanos- and for forced disappearance and torture of former General Prosecutor Jesús Murillo Karam for the disappearance of 43 students in southern Mexico in 2014.
However, civil organizations have criticized the lack of results in corruption investigations and have questioned Gertz Manero’s commitment to defending human rights.
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