Interview with the New District Attorney
By Jesús Aguado
Armando Amaro Vallejo is the new district attorney in San Miguel. In an interview with Atención, he commented that the Ministerio Público will try their best to guarantee the best results in the investigation of crime.
Atención San Miguel: Who is Armando Amaro Vallejo?
Armando Amaro: I am a lawyer, and I have been working for 20 years to provide justice in Guanajuato. In all this time, I have been a specialist in the area of homicide and a coordinator of the anti-kidnapping group. I was coordinator of the ministerial police, and for the last seven years, I was the district attorney in Region C based in Celaya.
ASM: Do you know the reasons for your relocation?
AAV: It was a strategy of the state’s attorney general. He moved the four district attorneys to different regions to understand and know the problems of the other regions. This zone is not unknown to me. When I was in the anti-kidnapping group, I had to come to Region D to solve several cases, and I was actually in touch with the foreign community.
ASM: Before your relocation, how was crime investigated in Region C?
AAV: The problems are different from one region to the other. For seven years I had to deal with the attack on organized crime because it causes high impact crimes. But once there, I learned their modus operandi, and we were finally able to break them apart. Crime was decreasing. That is why René Urrutia has to keep working on attacking those groups. Decreasing the indexes of crime in that region was possible thanks to coordination of the three levels of government. This region is more tranquil in matters of crime. There is recurrent crime, but it has to do with robberies in general and injuries. We will incorporate the necessary strategies to give good results for the victims. The attack will be on the robberies in general.
ASM: How did the city receive you, and how do you feel here?
AAV: The city received me perfectly well; I feel fine here because, the area is not unknown to me. I like San Miguel, and I guarantee a professional investigation to clear up the crimes and give satisfaction to the victims.
ASM: How will communication be with the foreign community in San Miguel?
AAV: Totally open because everybody in this country—even those just on vacation—has the right to be respected and served by the authorities. We will prosecute criminals and we will not discriminate against people for being poor or rich, Mexican or foreigner. We will fulfill the law. If somebody does not speak Spanish, he can be sure that the Procuraduría de Justicia has the obligation to provide an interpreter. I do not speak English or any language other than Spanish, but language will not be a barrier for the promotion of justice.
ASM: As citizens how can we measure the results of the Ministerio Público?
AAV: It will be important to understand our task, which is reactive to the crime and not preventive. We respond and attack crime through investigation. People can measure our work by the cases solved. The information about cases can be provided by the central office in Guanajuato. The indexes of crime can be provided by the local administration and its department of Public Security, which is in charge of prevention.
ASM: Is there something else you would like to say?
AAV: The doors of the Ministerio Público are open to everybody. The residents of San Miguel must know that we will work in coordination with the state, federal, and local administration for guaranteeing better results.