United States authorities apprehended in Florida the former governor of Chihuahua César Duarte Jáquez, who since 2017 became a fugitive from justice when facing charges of corruption, embezzlement and diversion of resources for 1.2 billion pesos.
In the next 72 hours, he will be presented before the federal court of the southern district of Florida, based on the order of provisional arrest for extradition purposes issued by a New Mexico federal magistrate at the request of the Mexican authorities.
According to information released by the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR), in 2018 the government of Chihuahua presented the investigation folders and the arrest warrants that it had up to that moment against the former state executive. Currently, 22 court orders have been issued against him.
According to the FGR, during 2018 the then Attorney General of the Republic (PGR)
kept the case inactive.
Given the relevance of the matter and in order to avoid impunity, in 2019 a joint and coordinated work was started with the Chihuahua Attorney General’s Office in order to prepare and submit an extradition request that meets all the requirements of US law., indicated the FGR, which is directed by Alejandro Gertz Manero.
On October 8, 2019, the control judge of the Morelos judicial district, in Chihuahua, issued the arrest warrant against César
D for his probable responsibility in the crimes of embezzlement and criminal association, since he allegedly approved operations with front companies, the payment to aviators and authorized the sale of state properties at prices lower than their real value to people related to their collaborators.
The extradition request was presented by Mexico on December 18 of last year with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and yesterday
The Office of International Affairs of the United States Department of Justice reported that the former Governor of Chihuahua was detained in the city of Miami, Florida, by the US Marshalls Service., revealed the FGR.
In this context, the defense of Duarte Jáquez has filed applications for amparo before the federal justice system to recover properties that have been seized from him by the Chihuahua government and also in order to prevent the arrest warrants against him from being carried out; however, these resources have been denied.
At the end of last June, the third collegiate criminal court based in Toluca, state of Mexico, denied the former governor a request for amparo in relation to an arrest warrant obtained by the Attorney General of Chihuahua against him for the alleged diversion of 379 million pesos from the treasury for illegal payments to local deputies and to finance the PRI electoral campaign in 2015.
Million dollar payments
Among the charges that have been made is the simulated contract with the company Asesoría y Servicios Online SA de CV, for the sum of 379 million 204 thousand 999 pesos, and the money was received by Antonio Tarín García, former director of Acquisitions in Chihuahua , currently in prison, who used it to make millionaire cash payments to local deputies who approved the securitization of the state’s public debt in 2015.
Likewise, Duarte Jáquez is accused of illicit enrichment, embezzlement and improper use of the public year, related to the investment of 65 million pesos in shares of the Unión Progreso bank.
As part of the actions against him, the state government secured the El Saucito ranch, which is located in the municipality of Balleza, and an office located in Tecolotes and San Patricio streets, in the Esmeralda neighborhood of the Hidalgo del Parral.