Mexico: Two Candidates for Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office Plagiarized Application Essays

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Mar 17, 2017, 2:08 pm
The texts presented by both candidates to the Anti-Corruption Prosecution in Mexico had identical paragraphs, which resulted in their  them to be disqualified. (Animal Político)

EspañolIn order to apply for a position in Mexico’s anti-corruption prosecutor’s office, an essay must be submitted to the Senate. Two candidates in the running for that job have been disqualified after it was discovered they plagiarized their essays.

They had to describe how they would confront irregular practices in the government and why they should be chosen for that position within the federal Mexican government. However, senators from the Justice and Anticorruption Commissions as well as the Citizen Participation party found that some paragraphs presented by Braulio Robles Zuñiga and Angelica Palacios Zarate were virtually identical.

Officials did not reveal whether the candidates copied one another or plagiarized another source.

“The Technical Secretary of the Justice Commission sent us a report on an unfortunate situation found in the essays presented by both candidates that are scheduled for today and this has to do with a very specific similarity in terms of the writing of both essays,” said Senator Pilar Ortega, President of the Justice Commission.

Officials attempted to speak with Robles after discovering the problem, but he said he preferred to be absent at his scheduled appearance before senators on Thursday. Palacios, however, accepted her right to a hearing, where she plans to explain the irregularities in the essay.


“Given the characteristics of this process, which is to find whoever heads the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, it would be inadmissible for these people to continue in the process,” said the PAN senator.

Braulio Robles Zuñiga has a Bachelor’s degree in Law and holds a doctorate in criminal law. He worked at the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic in the Specialized Investigation Unit on Abduction Crimes. Angelica Palacios Zarate graduated from the University of Tlaxcala, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Law.

With the disqualification of both candidates, the list is reduced to 25 candidates seeking to occupy the position of Mexico’s Anti-Corruption Prosecutor.

Source: Animal Político

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Video Captures Mexican Police Handing Arrested Youths Over to Criminal Group

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Mar 17, 2017, 1:18 pm

EspañolFour municipal police were captured on video in the city of Culiacán, Sinaloa arresting eight people and handing them over to an armed group presumed to be former members of an organized crime ring. Head of Public Security Víctor Hugo Sánchez Mendieta confirmed that the agents in the video are members of the Culiacán police unit, and admitted they were handing detainees over to gang members amid threats. Sinaloa Prosecutor Juan Jose Rios Estavillo reportedly said he has already begun an investigation into the event and that the whereabouts of the eight people are still unknown. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   He also said the agents involved in the incident are being held at Sinaloa Public Security facilities while the case is being processed. In the material that was recorded last night, eight young people can be seen being detained by the municipal security forces who then handed them over to armed men who were driving cars in which the victims were taken away. Read More: Mexican Officials Aim to Block Contracts for Companies Building Trump’s Border Wall Read More: Lilian Tintori: The Opposition Have Won Venezuela’s Election This is not the first time Mexican police officers have been involved in a situation that links them to criminal groups. This month, authorities in the state of Puebla detained local police who had provided information to Los Zetas cartel regarding the assassination of three police officers who worked for the Public Prosecutor. Source: Animal Político

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