Medellin‘s mayor, whose security secretary was arrested for mafia ties earlier this week, was ridiculed by locals after claiming he will not allow “criminals I have combated” to “discredit” his disgraced administration.
Mayor Federico Gutierrez has come under tremendous fire after the security secretary he had personally appointed was arrested for protecting local crime lords in spite of long-standing allegations the city’s top crime official had ties to late drug lord Pablo Escobar‘s former enforcer army, the “Oficina de Envigado.”
The mayor, however, has defended his decision to appoint the now-jailed Gustavo Villegas and his general security policy that, according to the National Police, was performing considerably worse than that of other major Colombian cities in 2016.
After two days of silence, the mayor said Thursday that “the criminals I have been confronting will not cast doubt over the fight against criminal structures we have fought and will continue to fight in the city of Medellin.”
Siempre he puesto la cara. Los delincuentes que he combatido no van a deslegitimar todo el trabajo realizado contra ellos. pic.twitter.com/NgrNrkPjeA
— Federico Gutiérrez (@FicoGutierrez) July 7, 2017
The mayor’s claims have earlier been contradicted by the city’s chief prosecutor who said his security secretary actively “protected” crime lords and was hoping to become mayor in the next elections in collusion with the city’s 30-year-old crime syndicate with long-standing ties to city administration officials.
“I have always taken responsibility and I will continue to do so. My fight against criminal structures is relentless. I have even put my own life at risk and I will continue to do so, because it’s worth it,” the mayor said.
Gutierrez was immediately ridiculed by Medellin locals whose city government and police department has been corrupted ever since Escobar started pumping drug money into politics.
Who made him believe he’s batman? He was elected to govern, not to jump in patrol cars.
According to RCN Radio, both the city’s chief prosecutor and the inspector general told a judge that, according to an arrested capo, the security chief had told him personally that the mayor was aware of Villegas’ ties to the local mafia.