The former governor of Chihuahua, César Duarte, appeared before a judge of the Federal Court of Florida, United States, where he was officially informed of the charges against him and the request for extradition from the government of Mexico.
In an audience that lasted about ten minutes, Juan Pablo Morillo, a lawyer for the former state president, requested a extension to better prepare your defense and being in an attitude of arguing in relation to the charges against him, sources close to the matter revealed.
On bond so that Duarte can face his process in freedom, they mentioned that Judge Lauren F. Louis said that he was not going to pronounce at the moment, since the next Tuesday will set a new date for this purpose.
The former governor was only informed of the extradition order against him by a alleged diversion of 96 million 685 thousand 253 pesos, from June 2011 to November 2014. The sources consulted assured that the Mexican lawyer Ricardo Antonio Sánchez Reyes Retana was present at the hearing.
Duarte was arrested Wednesday in Miami, Florida, by elements of the US Marshals Service based on an extradition arrest warrant issued by a New Mexico federal magistrate.
Also, there are 20 arrest warrants issued by common law judges, requested by the Attorney General of the State (FGE) of Chihuahua for their alleged responsibility in crimes of embezzlement, derived from diversion of public resources for 1.2 billion pesos.
The Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) He stressed that in 2018 the Chihuahua government presented to the defunct Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) the investigation folders and the arrest warrants that it had until then against Duarte for various crimes.
However, throughout that year the PGR, in the previous administration, kept the case inactive. On October 8, the Judge of Control of the Morelos Judicial District, in Chihuahua, issued an arrest warrant against Duarte for his probable responsibility in the crimes of embezzlement and criminal association. On December 18 of that same year, the FGR requested the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) to process the formal request for extradition to the United States.