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Hearings began in the British Court for the extradition of Karime Macías to Mexico

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This Monday, the Westminster Magistrates Court, in London, began hearings for the extradition to Mexico of Karime Macías Tubilla, ex-wife of Javier Duarte, former governor of Veracruz who is currently imprisoned for the crime of diversion of resources through the use of shell companies.

Originally, the extradition hearing was scheduled to take place more than a year ago, however, the procedure before the court was delayed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the British newspaper. Byline Time.

The also former president of the Veracruz DIF is currently facing criminal charges for her participation in the crime of specific fraud and has been in London, England for four years. According to the investigations, Karime Macías presented a request for political asylum after being accused in Mexico of an alleged fraud for around 122 million pesos.

It should be noted that the extradition process of Macías Tubilla was initiated by the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) since 2018, when Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) began his administration. In this way, it is expected that next week the verdict of the extradition trial of the former official will be announced.

Since January 2020, the British authorities have imposed precautionary measures against Macías, including those of appearing daily at the police station closest to his home, wearing an electronic bracelet, delivering his passport to the authorities, not being able to appear at any international port. departure and do not buy flights.

According to the FGR, since last March the British authorities apologized for the delay in venting the case of Javier Duarte de Ochoa’s ex-wife, this due to the fact that the United Kingdom government offices were closed for a long period because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Duarte’s ex-wife is sentenced to five to 12 years in prison, as the accusations against her are comparable to a specific crime of fraud committed against the state public treasury, which is why since 2018 An arrest warrant was issued against him, which could not be executed because, initially, his whereabouts were unknown.

Finally, Karime Macías was located in England, where she has taken her case in freedom after having paid a bond of 150,000 pounds sterling (about 3.5 million Mexican pesos) and adopted preventive measures.

Macías was the head of the DIF of Veracruz, during the administration of his Javier Duarte, who governed the entity from 2010 to 2016. In 2018. While the state authorities were in charge of Miguel Ángel Yunes, the federal government was asked to ask for help to the United Kingdom to arrest her and extradite her to Mexico for her alleged participation in the crimes of specific fraud and tax fraud.

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