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Interpol Issues Red Alert for another Former Mexican Governor

LADB Article ID: 80256
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-04-05
By: Carlos Navarro

For the second time this year, the international law-enforcement organization Interpol has issued a red notice for a former Mexican governor, this time asking member countries to remain alert for the former governor of Chihuahua, César Duarte Jáquez, who fled the state rather than face charges of embezzlement. A red notice is a request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition. The action is issued by Interpol’s General Secretariat at the request of a member country or an international tribunal based on a valid national arrest warrant. However, the measure is not an international arrest warrant. Interpol earlier issued a red alert for former Veracruz governor Javier Duarte de Ochoa, who is no relation to César Duarte, on charges ranging from money laundering and corruption to embezzlement and association with criminal organizations. According to an investigation by the administration of Chihuahua Gov. Javier Corral Jurado, Duarte Jáquez misappropriated 6 billion pesos (US$318 million) from the state treasury during his tenure in office between 2010 and 2016. Duarte Jáquez allegedly embezzled at least part of the money through payments to phantom companies and unauthorized purchases.

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