López-Gatell: Judge orders to investigate the undersecretary for deaths from COVID

A federal judge ordered the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) to initiate an investigation folder against Hugo Lopez-Gatell, Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, for the deaths caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico.

In a hearing held on Wednesday, Control Judge Ganther Alejandro Villar Ceballos determined that the FGR must investigate the possible omissions incurred by Undersecretary López-Gatell and any other official who may be responsible.

The case derived from the complaint filed by the relatives of people who died of COVID, who indicated that the Undersecretary of Health incurred in a lack of duty of care, negligence and improper exercise of his public function in dealing with the pandemic caused by the virus. .

This, they noted, resulted in the deaths of thousands of Mexicans. So far in Mexico There are 302 thousand 112 deaths from COVID and four million 495 thousand 310 accumulated cases of contagion since March 2020.

The FGR refused to open an investigation folder considering that these facts did not constitute a crime.

The decision was challenged before Judge Villar Ceballos, who confirmed the agreement of the federal public ministry, a resolution against which the complainants filed an amparo.

The Fifth District Judge for Amparo in Criminal Matters in Mexico City denied protection, but on December 2, 2021, the Seventh Collegiate Court revoked the resolution and ordered Judge Villar Ceballos to hold the challenge hearing again to listen to the complainants and the Public Prosecutor’s Office and resolve in a well-founded and motivated manner.

On Wednesday, in a hearing held at the Federal Criminal Justice Center of the South Prison, Judge Villar Ceballos ordered the FGR to investigate López-Gatell and whoever is responsible for the reported events.



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