New York. The former governor of Chihuahua, César Duarte, appeared, virtually from his prison and for the first time since his arrest, before a court in Florida, where only the determination of the dates for the hearings on his request for release under delay was postponed. bail, as well as the presentation and evaluation of the charges for his extradition to Mexico.
Judge Lauren Louis, of the federal court of the Southern District of Florida with headquarters in Miami, postponed until next Tuesday to define the calendar for the judicial procedure, and for now, she has not issued any ruling on the case.
The brief hearing, which was held by televideo due to the measures imposed by the pandemic, marked the first public presentation of the accused since his arrest on Wednesday in Florida. Judge Louis indicated to Duarte that he had been arrested on an arrest warrant for criminal charges filed by the Mexican government which requests his extradition.
He explained that the charges revolve around serious embezzlement and conspiracy to commit embezzlement. He also pointed out that although he has the right to request bail, in cases like this it is not common for it to be granted. He asked if the accused understood the process and his rights; Duarte indicated, through an interpreter, that yes.
For now, it is expected that next Tuesday the dates will be set to proceed on the issue of bail, and also, the start of the process of evaluating the extradition request based on the charges.