Former Mexican Governor Javier Duarte Refuses Extradition from Guatemala

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Apr 20, 2017, 12:14 pm
Javier Duarte
Javier Duarte acknowleged that he entered Guatemala six months ago and said he would wait until Mexican authorities formalized the request for his extradition (José Cárdenas).


Former governor of the state of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, is under custody in Guatemala after being detained in that country last weekend after six months as a fugitive from Mexican justice. On Wednesday, in his first hearing in Guatemalan courts, the former official stated that he will not oppose being extradited to Mexico, but will wait for Mexican authorities to formalize the petition for that procedure.

Javier Duarte, who was notified by the Guatemalan prosecutor’s office about the accusation against him, said: “I cannot approve my extradition until my defense evaluates the formal request, which has to arrive from Mexico.”

Meanwhile, the prosecutor’s office stated that:

During his term and in coordination with other people, [Duarte] created a complex operation scheme to move funds into the Mexican financial system and thus give them a legal appearance.”

The former governor, who acknowledged before Judge Adan García that he entered Guatemalan territory six months ago, was reminded that he will not be tried in Guatemala and that the procedure was part of the claim for his extradition to Mexico.



On the other hand, the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) reported that on Wednesday Javier Nava Soria was arrested in Spain, who is “linked to the investigations carried out by Mexican authorities in connection with the alleged network of operations with illicit funds” under former governor Javier Duarte’s control.

This detention, as reported by the PGR, is the result of:

“An arrest warrant issued by the District Judge Specialized in the Accusatory Criminal System of the Federal Criminal Justice Center in Mexico City, residing in the northern prison for the crimes of operations with illicit funds and organized crime.”

Javier Duarte’s alleged accomplice was arrested “for purposes of extradition in the city of Cabrils, Barcelona” by agents of the General Directorate of Police of the Ministry of Interior of the Kingdom of Spain.

Nava Soria is among the people who collaborated with the former governor as shareholders, accountants, or legal representatives in order to misappropriate public resources and invest them in ghost companies.

Sources:El Economista, Animal Político

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

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

Mexican Cement Union Financed 19 GOP Congressmen Supporting Trump Border Wall

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Apr 20, 2017, 11:31 am

EspañolEmployees of a major construction company contributed to the campaigns of GOP Congressman who showed support for President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico, it was revealed Wednesday. Between 2015 and 2016 a group of Cemex employees contributed $88,000 to the political campaigns of 19 Republicans running for a seat in the House or Senate and who were in favor of the controversial border wall proposed by President Trump. The United Trade Union of Food and Commerce Workers released the information this week, highlighting Republicans William Franklin "Bill" Shuster, Brian Barbin, Chuck Grassley, Daniel Webster and Doug LaMalfa. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); "President Trump's executive orders are an important step toward securing the border, restoring the rule of law and strengthening public security by ensuring that those who threaten the security of our communities are no longer allowed to cause more damage," Chuck Grassley said. He received $7,500 from employees of the Mexican cement company. The Cemex Policy Action Committee ultimately  allocated 80 percent of its financial contributions to the Republican Party. Read More: Common Objections to Skeptics of Trump’s Immigration Ban, Answered Read More: Protecting Maduro, Santos Turns his Back on Colombians The president of Cemex said his company would not participate in the construction of the border wall last March, however, though he did indicate that the company would try to supply cement to the companies that participate in the construction. Source: Proceso

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