UK Orders Extradition of Former Veracruz Governor’s Ex-Wife

Karime Macías, ex-wife of former Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte. Photo: Google


The United Kingdom has ordered the extradition of Mexican citizen Karime Macías, ex-wife of former Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte, to stand trial in Mexico for the alleged misappropriation of at least 112 million pesos, the Federal Attorney General’s Office (FGR) said Tuesday.

Macías, who currently lives in London, is accused of using money from the Veracruz state budget for her personal use, including buying expensive clothing and other luxury goods, during her stint as head of the state family services program when Duarte was governor.

Duarte is himself currently facing trial on charges of allegedly using dozens of shell companies to divert more than 500 million pesos in public funding through shell contracts.

Veracruz’s subsequent governor, Miguel Ángel Yunes, claimed that his government discovered warehouses with yachts, paintings and jewelry allegedly belonging to Macías and Duarte.

On Wednesday, April 6, Macías said that she will appeal her extradition to Mexico.

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