The wife of a jailed Mexican governor released on bail by a British court

Karime Macias, wife of former Mexican governor Javier Duarte, leaves the Westminster Magistrates court in London, UK, on ​​November 5, 2019. REUTERS / Yara Nardi

LONDON (Reuters) – The wife of a former governor disqualified, sentenced to nine years imprisonment for money laundering and links with organized crime, has been released on bail by a British court that will decide whether she should be extradited to Mexico.

Karime Macias, aged 43, wanted by Mexico for conspiracy to defraud the state of Veracruz, in the Gulf region, was arrested in London last month after being delivered to the police.

A judge in Veracruz, where Macias' husband, Javier Duarte, ruled from 2010 to 2016, issued an arrest warrant in 2018 for alleged misappropriation of more than 112 million pesos ($ 5.9 million) from a social protection program.

Judge Michael Snow said Tuesday that she could be released on bail if she had provided a 150,000-pound ($ 193,500) guarantee.

At the judge's request to confirm her name, Macias replied that Duarte was her ex-husband and that she wished to be known as Karime Macias Tubilla.

Mexican prosecutors said that Mr. Duarte, a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) of former president Enrique Pena Nieto, was running an organization whose criminal operations took place in Veracruz, in the state of Campeche , in the eastern Gulf, and Mexico City between 2011 and 2016.

The best ASF Mexican auditor said in 2016 that the irregularities in public funds under Duarte were the largest ever observed.

Macias will be appearing again in the same London court on January 9 for a hearing about the management of the case.

Report by Michael Holden; edited by Guy Faulconbridge

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