CNBV: Former president of the National Banking and Securities Commission, Eduardo Fernández, arrested in Madrid

CNBV: Former president of the National Banking and Securities Commission, Eduardo Fernández, arrested in Madrid
CNBV: Former president of the National Banking and Securities Commission, Eduardo Fernández, arrested in Madrid

Eduardo Fernández García, who was president of the National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV) from 1995 to 2000, during the PRI government of Ernesto Zedillo, was arrested this Friday in Madrid, Spain, after the accusation by the Mexican authorities for the crime of attempted extortion. The banker was apprehended at the Barajas International Airport, in the Spanish capital, coming from a trip from Miami, Florida.

The former official had a red Interpol file against him derived from an arrest warrant issued by a judge in Mexico City for the crime of extortion. According to federal sources, this accusation is linked to the complaint that Fernández García filed in 2022 with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), against the president of Televisa, Emilio Azcárraga Jean, and its directors for alleged illegal transactions and for the laundering of 40 million dollars that occurred in 2008 and 2011.

The alleged million-dollar diversions reported by Fernández García and that pointed directly to the management leadership of Grupo Televisa would have occurred in 2008 and 2011 and would be related to an anonymous letter published in May 2016 in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). In its financial report for the second half of 2016, the television station defended itself against what was stated in the American newspaper and assured that after an internal audit the falsehood of the statements was concluded.

It is not the first time that Fernández García has been sitting in the dock of justice. In 2003, the former director of the CNBV was arrested for accusations of improper exercise of public service and disclosure of banking secrecy. At that time, he was accused of disclosing bank accounts supposedly used to finance the campaign of former President Vicente Fox, selling the information to PRI officials for 100 million pesos and hiding that money in banks in Switzerland and Italy. However, after a month of house arrest, Fernández was released because the accusation lacked evidence.

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