MEXICO CITY – A prosecutor at the Mexico City District Attorney’s Office announced his resignation after word that he had failed a screening test eight months ago was leaked to the media.
All police and prosecutors in Mexico must pass tests to demonstrate their probity but Luis Genaro Vasquez – who had worked in the office of the assistant district attorney for prior investigations – failed his vetting process on May 4.
“I regret that legally confidential information was leaked eight months ago by sources within the Mexico City District Attorney’s Office,” Vazquez said in a letter Wednesday requesting his “immediate separation” from his post.
Vazquez, who had served as deputy prosecutor since July 2008, defended his track record while in office and asked Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard to allow him another round of polygraph testing.
Judicial and law-enforcement officials in Mexico are closely screened amid an effort to tackle corruption and organized crime.
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