Re: Fugitive Ex-Governer of Veracruz Javier Duarte Arrested in Guatemala
This is a VERY long read (in Spanish, I'm sorry, but way too long for me to tackle in translating) but the names that are tied together with this lady and her short history, are pretty incredible, even for Mexico!
A woman who has been linked romantically with ex-Veracruz governor Javier Duarte was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday after she pleaded guilty to illicit enrichment.
But Xóchitl Tress Rodríguez, who was arrested Tuesday in Puerto Vallarta, may not serve any jail time if she pays restitution of 8 million pesos (US $450,000) and posts a bond, a reduction in her sentence made possible by the fact that she admitted guilt.
A hearing on her release was expected to be held today.
The judge also banned Tress from holding public office for three years.
Tress was charged after it was revealed during corruption proceedings against her former boss that he had used state funds to purchase an apartment and luxury vehicle for her.
Those revelations came a scant 10 days before yesterday’s sentencing, when a witness for the prosecution in the Duarte case gave evidence about Duarte’s gifts to Tress and their romantic relationship.
It might represent a record for the completion of a criminal case in Mexico.
Tress was briefly in charge of managing and building education facilities in Veracruz after she was appointed to the post by Duarte in 2014.
She was removed nine months later amid a growing number of protests and highway blockades by citizens demanding results from Tress’s agency, the Institute of Educational Spaces.
State seizes property linked to Duarte’s wife
20-hectare riding club is located in the municipality of Coatepec
There is evidence this week that the corruption investigation against former Veracruz governor Javier Duarte Ochoa is not excluding his wife.
The Veracruz Attorney General’s office has seized real estate allegedly owned by Karime Macías Tubilla.
The property houses the 20-hectare Club Hípico Briones, a horseback riding facility located in Coatepec in the central region of the state.
The investigation has revealed that before 2012 the equine club was all but abandoned, and that horses were kept in makeshift stalls.
“In 2012, the wife of Javier Duarte Ochoa ordered the construction of cement stalls with stone floors, thick wooden doors and tiled roofs, [all paid for with] resources of the state of Veracruz,” according to the Attorney General’s office.
Using frontmen or shell companies Macías is also believed to have purchased an 18-hectare piece of land adjoining the club where a high-end gated community was built.
There were 54 horses in the equine club when officials seized the facility. Two of them, Dutch thoroughbreds, allegedly belong to Macías. Six horse trailers were also seized.
Veracruz Governor Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares said he has asked that his comptroller accelerate the investigation in order to determine if Macías did indeed make use of public monies for her own benefit.
Yunes also spoke of a new line of investigation in the case against the couple. He is going to request that state and federal prosecutors for electoral crimes investigate the diversion of public resources to the 2016 elections.
The governor claimed that over 1.5 billion pesos (almost US $83 million at the time) had been mismanaged during that campaign, between April and June last year.
The wife of the former governor of Veracruz, arrested for acts of corruption, lives in the United Kingdom and demanded the return of works of art, golf clubs and glassware that were confiscated by the government, according to a letter sent to the Veracruz Prosecutor's Office.
Karime Macías confirmed in the letter that among the confiscated items is a diary of her property in which is written "Yes I Deserve Abundance" repeatedly, as it was announced by the media and local authorities. She claimed that her phrases were of spiritual origin.
Macias said she was forced to leave the country and take refuge in the United Kingdom due to a "persecution" against her.
Neither the Attorney General's Office nor the government of Veracruz have issued any message about the case.
Re: Fugitive Ex-Governer of Veracruz Javier Duarte Arrested in Guatemala
--The Veracruz gov't is requesting she come and validate her document requesting her stuff back. Lol. I really, really hope she does.
Karime Macias requests her belongings back, AG requests her presence
XALAPA.- Governor Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares affirmed that he understands that the Attorney General's Office has already asked Karime Macías de Duarte to come to Veracruz to ratify the signature stamped on a document in which she allegedly claims some assets found in a winery in Córdoba several months ago.
During a telephone interview, the state governor indicated that if Karime Macías travels to Veracruz, he could surely give testimony that interests the State Attorney General's Office, such as that of the credit card that Moisés Mansur (who is facing an order of apprehension) paid for and also some other question that has to do with the purebred horses, that have not been claimed and that are in the equestrian that was built in Coatepec.
"Mrs. Karime Macías does not claim the house of El Faunito, the house of Valle de Bravo, the house of Tlacotalpan, the house of Tucson, which transferred her uncle for 10 dollars, and a series of goods that are of interest to Veracruz, some of them already recovered, some others in the process of recovery" he said.
Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares said that he does not believe that the government of Great Britain will provide protection to Karime Macías and that he believes that the communication sent to the Attorney General's Office has the objective of preparing the bases to request political asylum in the United Kingdom. "She points twice in her communication saying that she is a refugee and on another occasion she says that she is isolated and that she is the target of political persecution, what she obviously wants to do is set up some evidence to prove that she is the object of political persecution, which is absolutely absurd, "he said.
He said that it seems a real nonsense that someone like Karime Macías, who is linked to the biggest corruption act in Veracruz and Mexico, asks to have several objects returned instead of returning them to Veracruz. "I think a good gesture would be to say here is this, I return it to the people of Veracruz, but instead ask for it to be returned and it is called persecuted politics, she says that she is the object of a political persecution and that is why she is in political asylum in the United Kingdom" he said.
He indicated that he does not believe that the government of Great Britain will offer her protection, but that he believes, he reiterated, that the communication that Karime Macias sends to the Attorney General's Office has that objective, that of preparing the bases to request political asylum in the United Kingdom.
The governor of Veracruz said he is not aware if Karime Macías has an arrest warrant and that he did it, he could not comment on it.
"There is an investigation against her by the Comptroller General of the State and it is deepening every day and at anytime it could turn into criminal proceedings, if the Prosecutor's Office has something it is not my task to comment on it," he said.
He indicated that in his communication Karime Macías de Duarte indicates that the objects she claims are personal and that what is written in his diary is a spiritual phrase that was misinterpreted. She also denies, Miguel Ángel Yunes said, that the map where here properties appear in Spain, New York, Tucson, Miami, Ixtapa and Valle de Bravo correspond to actual properties. "She simply recognizes that she did it (the map I assume); surely trying to make believe that it must have been an coincidence," he said.