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Karime Macías is released on bail by UK court
Karime Macías, wife of former governor Javier Duarte, leaves Westminster Magistrates court in London - Photo: Yara Nardi/REUTERS

Karime Macías is released on bail by UK court

05/11/2019
13:44
Reuters
Mexico City
Michael Holden
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Macías was released after paying over MXN $3.5 million

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Former Veracruz governor Javier Duarte is currently serving a 9-year jail sentence for money laundering and his ties to organized crime and his wife, Karime Macías, was granted bail on by the British court that will decide whether she is extradited to Mexico.

Karime Macías, the wife of a former Governor, is detained in London

In Mexico, Macías is wanted for allegedly conspiring to defraud the Mexican state of Veracruz. In late October 2019, she was arrested in London after handing herself in to police.

A judge in Veracruz, where Karime Macías’ husband governed from 2010 to 2016, issued an arrest warrant against her in 2018 for the alleged misuse of MXN $112 million in funds from a social welfare program.

Macías was initially remanded in custody after her arrest on October 29 but today, at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Judge Michael Snow said she would be released on bail after having met the requirement of providing a security of £150,000.

When the judged asked Macías to confirm her name, she said Duarte was her ex-husband and she wished to be known as Karime Macías Tubilla.

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Macías will appear at the same London court on January 9 for a case management hearing.

In 2016, top Mexican auditor ASF said that the irregularities in public funds under Duarte were the most it had ever seen.

Mexican prosecutors say Javier Duarte, a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), led an organization whose criminal operations were carried out in Veracruz, Campeche, and Mexico City between 2011 and 2016.

Karime Macías was freed after paying $3.5 million to UK authorities

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