Gastelum encouraged listeners to be calm and trust the judicial system.
Last April 9 the Baja California’s general prosecutor's office began a legal process against the former mayor of Tijuana (2016-2019), Juan Manuel Gastelum Buenrostro, for embezzlement. According to the prosecutor's office, he and one of his administrative directors, Edgardo Torres, gave 4,360,828 pesos ($222,491) social support to the Puerta de Hierro neighbor’s association. Puerta de Hierro is one of the richest neighborhoods in the city.
This amount of money was given on August 17, 2017, and would be used for fixing plumbing infrastructure that goes through private housing. The current Tijuana administration who initiated the action against Gastelum argued that this neighborhood is not a marginalized or low-income zone.
The lawsuit was filed in April last year, but it wasn’t until last Friday that the judge began the legal process against the former mayor. The judge gave a six months' time period for investigations on the case that concludes next October 9.
This is not the only lawsuit the former mayor is fighting; in March this year in a local trial, he was required to answer accusations made by Arturo Gonzalez, his successor in the mayor's office. This time, he was accused of giving away taxi plate registrations while he was running for re-election.
In the last encounter with local media, he encouraged listeners to be calm and trust the judicial system and he assured that he was innocent.