A Mexican lawmaker has publicly challenged a federal judge who issued an injunction to keep a border-state Congress from sitting. The move came after the judge reportedly attempted to prosecute various politicians for meeting and voting on legislative action.
This week, Nuevo Leon state legislator Waldo Fernandez handed himself to a local office of Mexico’s attorney general’s office, claiming he was there to investigate the consequences of holding congressional sessions and voting on various issues in direct violation of a judge’s orders place.
“I have committed no crime,” Fernandez told Breitbart Texas. “I was just doing my job representing the people of my state.”
According to Fernandez, he met with US Attorney Juan Lozano, who told him there were no grievances against him and no grievances or pending cases against him or other lawmakers related to the congressional issue.
The incident began on June 4 when an unnamed federal judge for the Second Administrative District issued an injunction against the Nuevo Leon Congress to prevent it from holding a voting session. Lawmakers prepared to debate and vote on whether a state financial crime investigation unit (UIFE) and a tax agency (SATNL) should remain under the control of an incumbent governor or become independent.
Despite the injunction, various congressmen, including Fernandez, continued to meet. However, local news outlets claimed that the judge referred the matter to prosecutors as the meetings violated the injunction so they could prosecute lawmakers.
After prosecutors told Fernandez that no charges were pending against him, the politician filed a formal request with the President of Nuevo Leon’s Congress to file a complaint with Mexico’s Federal Judicial Council about the judge’s actions. The state legislature alleged that the judge exaggerated and acted with obvious personal interests in the matter.
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