The Office of the Prosecutor (FGR) reported Sunday that the UK Westminster Court of First Instance is awaiting corresponding procedures to set the date for the extradition hearing of Karim Macias, wife of former Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte.
In turn, he indicated that the British Attorney General’s office has apologized for delaying the release of the Macias case, as government offices have been closed for a long time due to the epidemic.
The FGR indicated that Macías currently has precautionary measures consisting of a location bracelet, periodic signature at London police station and approach impediment to sea, land and air stations, while the corresponding judgment is being issued.
Also, since the beginning of the government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the process of extraditing the wife of the former ruler began.
It should be remembered that on May 27, 2018, the Veracruz attorney general’s office reported that it obtained it from a local judge Arrest warrant Against Macias on charges of fraud, derived from the possible transfer of 112 million pesos in contracts delivered by the entity’s DIF to a network of front companies during his tenure.
However, by that time she was already out of the country, and had moved to London with her children after her husband was arrested.
On this topic: I am innocent. I left Mexico because I feared for my life and the lives of my children, says Karim Macias.
Five months after the arrest warrant was issued, the Mexican government sent a 42-page diplomatic note to the United Kingdom requesting the start of the extradition process for Macias on the specific fraud charge, which, according to the document, could reach up to 12 years in prison.
Despite the request, Karim Macias was not initially arrested. According to the authorities who have learned of the case, the reason behind it is this The British were not clear about the alleged role in the fraudulent scheme She denounced against her and, accordingly, how her involvement was assumed.
It was not until a year after the British agents arrested Macias, when she herself appeared in court to formally notify her of the extradition proceedings against her.
It took a week for Javier Duarte’s wife to regain her freedom by depositing a bond of 150,000 pounds, equivalent to roughly three million pesos. His only requirement was the precautionary measures recently indicated by the FGR team.
Originally, the decision to approve or not the extradition, which Mexico had requested for more than two years, was to be announced by a British court in November 2020, but this did not happen.
Meanwhile, fate Over 400 million pesos transferred With this mechanism, the matter remains unclear and the case remains unpunished.
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