For family violence and embezzlement, Rogelio Franco, former Secretary of the Government of Veracruz, will spend another year in prison


The former official is being investigated for embezzlement and assaults against his ex-partner. (Darkroom)

On the same day, the Veracruz State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) made progress in the criminal proceedings it faces Rogelio Franco Castanformer Secretary of Government, since he was linked to a trial for embezzlement and improper exercise of public service, while he was charged with the crime of family violence.

According to the report of the Special Prosecutor for the Investigation of Crimes of Violence against the Family, Women, Girls and Boys and Human Trafficking, Franco Castán would have committed family violence against his then partner, Guillermina “A”since 2016 —when he was still an official— and for several years.

“He allegedly exercised physical and psychological violence to the detriment of the victim when they had a common-law relationship,” the agency established.

According to official documents from the State Prosecutor’s Office consulted by Infobae Mexicothe investigation folder against the former Secretary of Government for family violence was initiated on March 5, 2020 under folio UIPJ/DXI/FE6/522/2020 as a result of the complaint filed by the victim. The record also established that protection measures would be granted to Guillermina “A”, who was registered in the State Registry of Victims in September 2021.

Franco Castán has embarked on an incessant dispute with the law between injunctions and arrest warrants.  (Darkroom)
Franco Castán has embarked on an incessant dispute with the law between injunctions and arrest warrants. (Darkroom)

For this crime, Franco Castán was arrested on March 13, 2021 and when the Ministerial Police was carrying out the arrest warrant, the former official physically and verbally assaulted one of the agents, for which he was also accused of insult.

Throughout the criminal process, according to local media reports, the legal defense of the former public servant has obtained various injunctions, but the Prosecutor’s Office has responded with new arrest warrants and charges.

His recent involvement in proceedings for the crime of embezzlement (embezzlement) is, according to the information available, the third time he has been sentenced for the same offense in the 21 months he has been incarcerated.

The arguments of the Prosecutor’s Office (which today leads Veronica Hernandez Giadans) to issue new arrest warrants have been that, despite the injunctions, the institution found additional evidence on the same crime.

Franco Castán was close to the former state prosecutor, Jorge Winckler, accused of forced disappearance.  (DARKROOM)
Franco Castán was close to the former state prosecutor, Jorge Winckler, accused of forced disappearance. (DARKROOM)

After being captured in Tuxpan and transferred to the Pacho Viejo Prison for a first confrontation with justice, the authorities admitted Franco Castán to the La Toma prison, in Amatán.

In addition to having been Secretary of the Government of Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares, it is presumed that Franco Castán was very close to Jorge Winckler, a former state prosecutor who is also behind bars.

Regarding the latter, was arrested in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, on July 25 after having been a fugitive for three years. Winckler Ortiz has been accused of being responsible for the crimes of forced disappearance and illegal deprivation of liberty in the form of kidnapping.

Since 2019Jorge Winckler was accused of having kidnapped and tortured Francisco Zarate Avina, chief escort of Luis Angel Bravo, who held the post of Attorney General of Justice of veracruz during the government of Xavier Duarte.

On August 1, the former prosecutor in charge of investigating former officials of the Duarte de Ochoa government was transferred to the Altiplano maximum security prison in Almoloya, State of Mexico.

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