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Durate denied Amparo against embezzlement charges

Mexico City, Mexico — A federal judge in Mexico City has denied an Amparo to the former governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, that was requested by his legal defense team, linking him to charges of embezzlement.

The charge of embezzlement for $220 million USD will stand.

In their investigation, prosecutors indicated that Duarte ordered the Finance Secretary of his administration to request the National Water Commission transfer the money to bank accounts, but without the resources being used for earmarked projects.

Sandra Leticia Robledo Magaña, judge of the District of Amparo in Criminal Matters in Mexico City, announced the resolution of the Amparo filed by Duarte in which she states that once the analysis of the claimed charges were completed, the grievances expressed were considered unfounded.

Duarte is serving a sentence of nine years in prison, a sentence imposed on him in September of 2018 after he pleaded guilty to the crimes of criminal association and operations with resources of illicit origin.