In some way he had already done it in the wording of the question that will be on the ballot of the consultation that will take place on August 1, but yesterday in a long and interesting interview for El País, the president of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, Arturo Zaldívar, made it clear that the consultation requested by Congress, and whose question the Court decided, has nothing to do with the question that President López Obrador and his followers sell.
“The question is ambiguous and general; it was consciously done that way, ”Zaldívar tells El País.
“Because a consultation of this type is not an appeal to judicial processes, but to a kind of truth commission, to non-jurisdictional instruments that could generate a way out of conflicts and painful events for the country. It was not possible to limit a question of another type because then we would have had a constitutionality problem. The judicial processes are not consulted, but the people can be consulted whether or not they want investigation or national healing procedures to be carried out. On transitional justice ”.
It is not an appeal of judicial processes because those are not consulted. It says it with all its letters. The trials of former presidents goes the other way, through the prosecution with investigations and evidence.
What Zaldívar said is what a group of non-governmental organizations that defend human rights have now asked, as I wrote here last Thursday. But, in addition, it is what the same government, the current Secretary of the Interior to be very specific, had promised in transition.
But the President stopped her and said no transitional justice until the Ayotzinapa case was resolved first. So nothing of that, because it is clear that that is missing.
The question today is what the President is going to say on the morning of August 2. And if Gertz is going to listen to him.
Because it could also happen that the Secretary of the Interior took advantage of the consultation to raise again to the President the need to return to the original idea, the one that raises the question as explained by Zaldívar. But not. We know that will not happen.