The Responsibilities Commission of the Congress of Jalisco approved disqualify for two years the former mayor of Tototlán, Sergio Quezada Mendozafor a case of sexual harassment committed against a City Council worker.
The victim denounced that the former president tried to be a mediator and pressured her to drop a complaint for harassment and sexual harassment which he filed two years ago against Efraín Martínez Iñiguez, then head of Register and Licenses. In that process, the municipality also harassed her.
Deputy Julio César Hurtado Luna, president of the Responsibilities Commission, clarified that the two years that were established as a sanction in which he will not be able to hold any public office they will begin to count once the plenary approves the opinion.
“When we arrived at the commission, we reviewed the pending issues and we have followed up according to the times and deadlines established by law.”
He added that now is the right time, considering the “unfortunate events that have happened against women (in the country). We just saw a few days ago an issue in Nuevo León of very strong violence against women.”
He stressed that this disqualification sends a “strong and very clear message that noor any action against women will be allowed or go unpunished”.
Hurtado Luna recognized that the matters in the commission move very slowly. “In this Legislature we have already had two sanctioned, we have a former magistrate and a former mayor; I think we are giving very clear messages of zero impunity.”
Despite the fact that the complaint is more than two years old, the beginning of the political trial procedure against the former mayor of Tototlán was approved last February by the Legislature.