Mexico seeks extradition of former Chihuahua Governor

Mexico's Office of the Attorney General (PGR) will request the extradition of César Duarte so he can face corruption-related charges in Mexico
César Duarte sworn as Governor of Chihuahua – Photo by: MICPHOTOPRESS
18/01/2018
11:25
Manuel Espino Bucio
Mexico City
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Mexico's Office of the Attorney General (PGR) will request the extradition of César Duarte, after announcing three warrants of arrest have been issued against the former Chihuahua Governor for charges related to corruption and electoral fraud.

Alberto Elías Beltrán, head of the Office of the Attorney General, confirmed his office is currently working on the last details to officially submit the extradition request to the INTERPOL.  Beltrán claimed Mexican authorities have leads as to the whereabouts of Duarte, however, they have left out this information to avoid a possible flight. According to Chihuahua authorities, the former Governor could be in El Paso, Texas.

César Duarte has been accused of embezzlement and funding – with public resources – the electoral campaign of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) for the 2015 local elections.

In March 2017, INTERPOL issued a red notice against the former Chihuahua Governor and has been looking for him in 190 countries.

In June 2017, a judge issued an arrest warrant for the alleged use of MXN$14 million (USD$750, 330) coming from public funds to finance the 2015 local election campaign of the PRI.

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