Juan Gabriel: why did the Mexican State spend two decades spying on him? – People – Culture

Now, a little more than five years after his death, the newspaper ‘El Universal’ revealed that the Federal Security Directorate (DFS), an investigative and espionage agency of the PRI governments of the 70s and 80s in Mexico, allocated public resources to investigate all aspects of Juan Gabriel’s life, from his properties, his criminal record, to the details of his intimate life.

But it is also assured in the espionage file, that when leaving the so-called ‘Black Palace’, Juan Gabriel had “intimate relations” with a high-ranking official of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), and with a famous artist and singer, who began his career since the early 1980s and is still in force.

The Mexican newspaper published this intelligence report by having the complete document without testifying on a public figure and showing that an apparatus of the Mexican State in charge of detecting threats to national security allocated resources to spy on a person and make statements without any documentary evidence.

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Juan Gabriel was arrested and detained in Lecumberri for the crimes of theft and damage to other people’s property on April 14, 1970.

He had ‘intimate’ relations with his roommate (…) the latter was prosecuted for the murder of payers from an office of the Ministry of Finance

“During her stay in that prison, Aguilera Valadez had ‘intimate’ relations with her roommate H (…) the latter was prosecuted for the homicide of payers from an office of the Ministry of the Treasury,” is one of the statements made. read on the paper.

It was also investigated that Juan Gabriel maintains ‘intimate’ relations with (….) who works for Petróleos Mexicanos. As well as the artist and singer (…)”, they add.

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The file, addressed to José Antonio Zorrilla Pérez, then director of the DFS, indicates that Juan Gabriel was arrested on April 14, 1970 and held in Lecumberri for the crimes of theft and property damage alien


They point out that the ‘Divo de Juárez’ had “intimate relationships” with his two cellmates, a senior official of Petróleos Mexicanos and with a famous artist and singer.

Juan Gabriel, according to Carlos Monsivais

Juan Gabriel sang at private parties of the prison director Andrés Puentes Vargas.


Jason Merritt.  AFP

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The intelligence report highlights that General Andrés Puentes Vargas, who served as prison warden de Lecumberri, continually took Alberto Aguilera Valadez out of the aforementioned prison to perform at his private parties.

The DFS reports that on September 11, 1983, in Monclova, Coahuila, “a problem” arose, due to the fact that Juan Gabriel “did not show up to sing at a palenque, claiming to be sick,” provoking a collective fight in which the bodyguards of Aguilera Valadez (Juan Gabriel) pretended to be effective agents of the Military Federal Judicial Police who “beat several people with the hilt of their weapons.”

The document also notes that “Likewise, it is reported that the investigated party has several properties registered under his name, in the Public Property Registry of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, of which the list is attached.”.

Juan Gabriel maintained a close friendship with the then governor of Tlaxcala, Tulio Hernández Gómez, with Silvia Pinal and the Alatriste family, it is also stated in the file.

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