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Mexican judge frees former border governor wanted in US by DOJ


A state judge in Mexico has ordered the release of a former border state governor who is still wanted by the US Department of Justice on various money laundering charges.

This week, Tamaulipas State Judge Ignacio Garcia Zuniga held a hearing and ruled there was no reason for former Governor Eugenio Hernandez Flores to be held behind bars for illicit enrichment and exploitation of illicit funds. According to information released by Hernandez’s lawyers, the former politician is awaiting an injunction decision which could free him in the coming days.

The charge from the most recent hearing was one of several charges brought by Tamaulipas authorities against Hernandez in 2017. Prosecutors accused him of using front men to illegally purchase government properties during his Governor’s term from 2005 to 2010 while a member of the Revolutionary Institutional. Party (PRI), Breitbart Texas reported at the time.

The charges in Mexico are separate from an indictment filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Texas. There, prosecutors charged Hernandez with money laundering. If released from prison in Mexico, Hernandez could face ongoing extradition efforts outside of prison. U.S. federal prosecutors allege Hernandez funneled illicit kickbacks into Texas and used them to buy properties. Hernandez and his predecessor Tomas Yarrington (also of the PRI) have been linked to the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas. Yarrington is currently being held by the US federal government pending sentencing after pleading guilty to money laundering conspiracy. As part of the settlement in the Yarrington case, authorities dismissed various drug conspiracy charges.

Hernandez has been in a Mexican jail since his 2017 arrest. However, earlier this month his lawyer, Jose Javier Lopez Garcia, held a press conference where he announced that they were close to having his man released. customer. During the press conference, the lawyer declined to talk about the ongoing extradition process, but simply focused on the Mexican case, saying it was a political prosecution by the former governor of Tamaulipas, Francisco Cabeza de Vaca, member of the National Action Party (PAN).

In the past, lawyers and relatives of Hernandez have approached Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) claiming the case against Hernandez is political and asking for his help. Like Hernandez, several PRI politicians approached or switched sides with AMLO’s MORENA party. Recent developments in Hernandez’s case have led to much speculation about political maneuvering to solidify MORENA in Tamaulipas.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist from Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at Iortiz@breitbart.com.

Brandon Darby is the managing director and editor of Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Ildefonso Ortiz and senior Breitbart management. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He can be contacted at bdarby@breitbart.com.



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