A network of 24 accounts belonging to Juan Colado, the lawyer for former Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto, revealed that he sent $450,000 to Juan José Salinas Pasalagua, nephew of former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari.
The whole case is under the scanner of Andorran police, which accused Colado of obstructing money laundering investigations in the country where the lawyer hid $111 million.
Colado has been imprisoned in Mexico since 2020, when he was charged with tax fraud, for 36 million pesos, and for embezzlement, for 13.7 million to the detriment of the Chihuahua government.
According to a confidential report from last December in which El Pais had access, there was pressure from Colado to release its funds from the Andorra government.
Colado’s financial activities in Andorra are a significant account controlled by the BPA (Bridge Account) and internal transfers, “a route that leaves no trace”, according to the same Spanish newspaper.
As part of these internal transfers, one was from Colado to Salinas Pasalagua in 2008 for $450,000, allegedly due to intermediaries in the sale of a company linked to Mexican communications group Grupo Radio Digital Siglo XXI.
Ambiguity and Offshore Accounts in Andorra
Andorran police investigators said, “the operation has no justification and does not allow the origin of the funds to be known.”
For officials in that country, the configuration of offshore accounts, the nephew of former Mexico President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, “allows the traceability of funds to be lost and facilitates ambiguity.”
Accounts may be formed, despite the fact that Salinas Pasalagua is considered a “politically exposed person (PEP)”, colloquially referred to as public officials, family members or former politicians receiving money tainted by corruption. is called the probability of doing.
Just last June, Collado filed a trial that determined it would not be linked to alleged fraud in the processes of unlocking 76.5 million euros deposited into an account in Andorra.
In October 2019, the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) asked the Principality of Andorra to freeze 76.5 million euros from lawyer Juan Collado Mosello, who is imprisoned in the Northern Prison for criminal association and money laundering.
The blockade was requested as a result of the investigation that the Federal Public Ministry had initiated against Colado Mosello for money transfers made prior to his arrest in Mexico City.
Juan José Salinas is the son of Pasalagua Ral Salinas de Gortari, imprisoned from 1995 to 2005, who was accused of being the intellectual author of the murder of his former brother-in-law, José Francisco Ruiz Masiu, general secretary of the PRI. on 28 September 1994.