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Mexico agrees to extradite former governor Eugenio Hernández to US

Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas — The former governor of Tamaulipas, Eugenio Hernández, has been accused of embezzlement and operations with resources of illegal origin and will be extradited to the United States to face charges of money laundering.

According to the Mexican chancellery, Mexico has granted the United States extradition of the ex-governor of the state of Tamaulipas, Eugenio Hernández, who is being charged by a Texas court with money laundering.

Their statement says, “Hernández was notified of the agreement by which the government of Mexico grants the United States government his extradition so that he may be tried before the Federal Court (…) in the Southern District of Texas for criminal association to launder money.”

The crimes of which Hernández are accused in the United States are mainly of a financial nature being accused of bank fraud and of irregularly operating a business to send money and create front companies.

The ex-governor is also accused of embezzlement and operations with resources of illegal origin.

Hernández, who governed Tamaulipas from 2005 to 2010 for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) of today’s president Enrique Peña Nieto, was arrested last October in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas.

The ex-governor can still resort to the so-called “Amparo trial”, the foreign ministry adds. If the Mexican justice denies this legal protection, the Attorney General’s Office would proceed to deliver him to the United States, the statement added.

Hernandez is being held in a Ciudad Victoria prison where according to local media, his lawyers were on site immediately after the extradition agreement was announced.

Last January, Hernández’s defense was successful in getting a judge to reject the extradition, but in his resolution, acknowledged that the final decision was in the hands of the foreign ministry.

Other ex-governors also face legal proceedings including the ex-governor of Chihuahua.

At the beginning of 2018, the ex-governor of the touristic state of Quintana Roo, Roberto Borge, was extradited to Mexico from Panama.

In the middle of last year, the ex-governor of Veracruz Javier Duarte was extradited to Mexico from Guatemala.

The United States and Mexico have also requested the extradition of the former governor of Tamaulipas, Tomás Yarrington (1999-2005), who was arrested last April in Florence, Italy, where he remains in custody.

If their request is granted, the two countries agreed to first turn him over to the US justice system, which accuses Yarrington of receiving bribes from Los Zetas during his administration.