The former mayor in Benito Juárez and former coordinator of the PAN deputies in the Congress of Mexico CityChristian VonRoehrich, allegedly asked the businessman who built the complex City Towers Green & Black two apartments and 820,000 pesos in cash to allow the works of the aforementioned property to advance, revealed the Attorney General’s Office of Mexico City (FGJCM).
The spokesman for the capital’s Prosecutor’s Office, Ulises Lara López, presented on video fragments of the testimony given by a businessman constructor of the City Towers complex located on Eje 8 Popocatépetl near the corner of Cuauhtémoc avenue, who requested an opportunity criterion to avoid a criminal sanction for violating Mexico City construction regulations.
The aforementioned testimony it also exposes the supposed ‘modus operandi’ that public servants would have used to obtain real estate and cash in exchange for authorizing works in their demarcations.
According to the investigation folder related to public servants and real estate groups, the construction of 752 apartments was planned in the City Towers complex, but Von Roerich, currently a fugitive, and its former Secretary of Works and Urban Development, Nicias René Aridjis Vázquezthey would have irregularly changed the authorizations for the property so that a total of 808 apartments will be built.
According to the testimonies of the businessman who collaborates with the capital’s Prosecutor’s Office to dismantle the so-called “real estate mafia”, the alleged bribery of 820 thousand pesos and the two departments that the former PAN mayor of Benito Juárez requested was for the purpose of “making things flow correctly between the Delegation and the City Towers Green Black project,” that is, so that there would be no setbacks in the procedures for said work.
The request of the 820 thousand pesos would have occurred on December 16, 2015 and that money would have been used to finance the ice rink that the mayor’s office would have installed on the esplanade of its municipal building, without it having been clarified whether this payment served for the public servants involved to keep the budget they had for said activity .
The resources were allegedly delivered in cash at the mayor’s office and the person in charge of receiving them was Nicias René Aridjis, by instructions of Christian Von Roehrich.
The same real estate businessman revealed that In March 2017, he was summoned again at the facilities of the Benito Juárez mayor’s office. to decide on an extension of the construction demonstration of the City Towers complex, authorization that was conditioned to Von Roehrich de la Isla receiving two apartments in said building.
To justify the delivery of the apartments, a construction company linked to Von Roerich and Nicias René Aridjis was going to simulate contracts with the construction company of the City Towers businessman, that is, that theyor was going to carry out any work but that he would receive a payment for the simulated work.
A third form of extortion combined with diversion of public resources The reconstruction works were carried out after the earthquake of September 19, 2017, since the aforementioned businessman was asked to shore up and reinforce 24 damaged buildings, as well as demolitions, both in the Benito Juárez and Xochimilco mayor’s offices.
Again, he did not receive any payment, but the papers he provided regarding the cost of these works were taken over by front companies that pretended to be responsible for the demolitions and reinforcements, so even they issued invoices to simulate jobs they never did and get paid.
In this last operation, according to information that Aristegui Noticias was able to verify through lawyers close to the case, the former PRD delegate in Álvaro Obregón, Leonel Luna, would have been involved, died in a car accident on March 14, 2021.
The spokesman for the capital’s Prosecutor’s Office, Ulises Lara, reported that the businessman who built the City Towers authorized the dissemination of the aforementioned testimonies in order to advance the investigations.