Florida court gives green light to extradition of former Chihuahua governor, César Duarte

A United States judge authorized the extradition to Mexico of the former governor of Chihuahua, Cesar Duarte. However, the Mexican politician will have 30 days to appeal the resolution and a federal Court of the Southern District of Florida will decide on the appeal.

The judge of the American Court, Lauren F. Louis, ruled that there are probable indications that Duarte misappropriated public funds from Chihuahua for personal purposes, including for the payment of own credit cards. The investigation against the ex-military politician of the PRI mentions that he allegedly diverted millionaire public resources to two companies linked to him: Unión Ganadera Regional General División del Norte and Financiera de la División del Norte.

The Chihuahua Prosecutor’s Office has obtained 21 arrest warrants against Duarte, one of them of the federal order for electoral crimes, promoted by the former head of Fepade and current head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) of the Ministry of Finance, Santiago Nieto.

The former governor of Chihuahua, Javier Corral, was the main promoter of the investigation against Duarte, and at his time as president, he assured that Duarte’s fortune amounts to 1,000 million pesos, and accused him of diverting state public resources of 1,230 million pesos during his tenure. For this reason, the Chihuahua Attorney General’s Office has seized 37 properties.

On October 8, 2019, the Control Judge of the Morelos Judicial District, state of Chihuahua, issued an arrest warrant against César Duarte for his probable responsibility in the crimes of embezzlement and criminal association.

Last July, a federal court granted Duarte Jáquez a definitive suspension against the arrest warrant in Mexico, but according to the former governor of Chihuahua, he may be detained once he is extradited from the United States.

At the beginning of his term in 2012, the then president Enrique Peña Nieto gave as an example of young faces and without corruption the then governors of Veracruz, Javier Duarte de Ochoa, and that of Chihuahua, César Duarte, both prosecuted for acts of corruption in their efforts.



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