Former Mexico governor,Duarte,jailed for nine years

Former Mexico governor,Duarte,jailed for nine years

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A former governor of Veracruz has been sentenced by a federal judge in Mexico to nine years in prison after pleading guilty for the crimes of criminal association and money laundering.

The court also fined Javier Duarte 58,890 Mexican pesos ($3,123) on Wednesday and seized 40 properties that, according to authorities, he acquired with resources from the state.

The former governor had already been in jail awaiting trial and the court has counted the time he already served towards his nine-year sentence.

“It is impressive that Mexico is going through this, a huge country as it is, with a strong economy we live in an obscurantism,” Lucy Diaz, leader of the Colectivo Solecito of Veracruz, an organisation that works to find disappeared people in Veracruz, told Al Jazeera


Duarte served as the governor of Veracruz from 2010 to 2016, was considered a luminary of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), President Enrique Pena Nieto referring to him as an example of a “new generation”.

However, he soon became a symbol of corruption and disappointment.




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