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Mexico to extradite ex-governor Eugenio Hernandez to US for money laundering

Hernandez is wanted by a Texas court on charges of conspiracy, banking fraud and using a series of shell companies to launder money during his time as governor.

Published: 17th March 2018 07:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th March 2018 07:37 AM   |  A+A-

By AFP

MEXICO CITY: Mexico has granted a US request to extradite ex-governor Eugenio Hernandez on money-laundering charges, the foreign ministry said Friday, the latest in a string of corruption cases against ex-governors.

Hernandez is wanted by a Texas court on charges of conspiracy, banking fraud and using a series of shell companies to launder money during his time as governor of the northern border state of Tamaulipas, from 2005 to 2010.

The ex-governor, who can still appeal the decision, allegedly operated a dodgy wire transfer business. In Mexico, he faces separate embezzlement and corruption charges.

Hernandez is one of seven ex-governors from the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) who are currently in jail in Mexico or elsewhere.

The scandals have badly damaged the party heading into a July 1 presidential election.



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