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Mexican authorities issue arrest warrant for grupero singer Gerardo Ortiz

May 6, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican authorities issue arrest warrant for grupero singer Gerardo Ortiz

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The Attorney General in the Mexican state of Jalisco has issued an arrest warrant for narcocorrido singer Gerardo Ortiz, for failing to appear for a scheduled hearing where he was expected to testify in an investigation into possible crimes stemming from the controversial “Fuiste Mía” or “She was Mine” music video.

Ortiz is reportedly the target of two ongoing investigations for possible links to organized crime and money laundering.

According to Univision, Ortiz again failed to appear for testimony in a scheduled deposition at the District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday.

As JammedUp previously reported, Jalisco’s district attorney Eduardo Almaguer last month requested for the Mexican Attorney General’s Office (PGR) to “initiate a criminal investigation for organized crime felonies including money laundering stemming from the use of funds deriving from illicit sources.”

“He didn’t show up,” Almaguer told the Mileno.com on Thursday, “As a result, the District Attorney’s Office has issued a court ordered arrest warrant, demanding his necessary assistance to the authorities in charge of investigating possible crimes committed by the singer.”

Prosecutors want the performer to clarify previous witness testimony he provided on April 22nd, in the probe into possible ties between a production company he had hired for the filming of the music video, and Daniel Quintero Riestra, alias “El Danny Quintero,” a leading figure in the infamous Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

In an April 28th interview aired on Telemundo’s “Al Rojo Vivo,” the 26-year-old performer disclosed details of his last meeting with the authorities. Ortiz and his lawyers maintained he was still being treated as a witness, not as a target of the federal and state investigations.

“The press has distorted the facts of the case too much,” Ortiz told Univision’s Jessica Carrillo during the interview.

Almaguer very specific when asked what Ortiz was being investigated for back in April.

“What are we investigating?” he said. “The wrongdoing on behalf of public servers, possible money laundering, peculation, abusing authority, the participation of particular entities in illegal activities, along with the origins of the funds used to produce this video, and therefore, the singer’s activities as well.”

Ortiz’s lawyers have launched appeals for protection against the order. However, law enforcement officials said measures will be taken by authorities if the singer fails to deliver his testimony.

As a result of the arrest warrant, Ortiz has canceled a May 7th scheduled concert in Puerto Vallarta.

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