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Mexican Ex-Governor Javier Duarte Arrested in Guatemala Following Six-Month Chase

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Apr 17, 2017, 12:19 pm
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Former Governor Javier Duarte was arrested on Saturday night in Guatemala. His extradition could take up to six months. (Twitter)

EspañolFormer Mexican governor Javier Duarte arrested in Guatemala: After more than six months of eluding authorities, Ex-Governor of Veracuz, Mexico Javier Duarte was arrested this weekend in Panajachel, Guatemala.

Duarte is accused of stealing millions of dollars of public funds while in office that would have otherwise been used for public institutions such as schools and hospitals.

He was found in a small hotel in the tourist town of Panajachel fours hours from Guatemala’s capital, and reportedly submitted to arrest without any trouble.

Mexico has 60 days to submit a formal request for extradition against Javier Duarte through diplomatic channels. In the mean time, the Mexico Attorney General’s Office is investigating a network of Duarte’s accomplices, who allegedly helped him hide.

 

When the request for extradition is submitted, the Guatemalan court will summon Duarte to a hearing and from that moment onward he will begin his defense.

Once the court issues the extradition order, it will forward the case to Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Duarte’s wife, Karime Macías, does not have a warrant out for her arrest, and no member of Duarte’s family is under investigation either, one Mexican official said.

Elías Beltran stated that two people provided Javier Duarte with the logistics for taking refuge in Guatemala. The two accomplices have already been identified by Mexican authorities thanks to their tracking of information exchanged with Duarte.

Source: Noticieros Televisa

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Uruguay Opposition Demands Probe into Mujica-Era Food Deal with Venezuelan Regime

By: Karina Martín - Apr 17, 2017, 12:07 pm
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EspañolUruguay's opposition has denounced 10 high-ranking government officials from former President Jose Mujica's administration for suspicious business transactions with Venezuela. National Party Congressman Jaime Trobo said he plans to request an investigation into procedures used to contract the private company Aire Fresco, whose shareholders largely belong to Uruguay's Movement of Popular Participation. "That was what was never clear," Trobo said. "We never knew how Aire Fresco became practically the only negotiator." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Aire Fresco was involved in trade between Uruguay and Venezuela, which is being investigated by officials for any sign of bribes that used to finance campaigns. "This is not a state-to-state agreement," Trobo said. "Instead, private businessmen are mediating. Doesn't the ruling party (Broad Front) know that?" According to the Uruguayan opposition, Aire Fresco charged two percent commissions for food-related business with Venezuela, a policy originally rejected by Broad Front. Equally worrying is that a Uruguay court found in October that terrorist Omar Alaniz, Vice President of the Raul Sendic Fund Carlos Decia as well as Congressman Daniel Placeres were all collaborators in the business negotiations. Read More: Why Activists Should Think Twice about #DeleteUber Read More: Three Myths that Distort US Debate on Immigration Congressman Gonzalo Mujica said the court pointed out that there was a "lack of seriousness with which huge sums of money were delivered to companies without any real guarantee and in a totally arbitrary way, without respecting any technical report." "Is it not legitimate to ask ourselves if there was a scaffold mounted and organized by an executive managed by the Movement of Popular Participation with a friendly government for the purpose of setting up a company that obtained profits financing the campaign?" Mujica asked. "That is the doubt and that is why we must investigate. " Sources: La Patilla; El País.

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