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Mexico Extraditing 'Money Laundering' Former Governor to US

  • Eugenio Hernandez Flores (R), governor of the northern border state of Tamaulipas from 2005 to 2010, faces trial in a U.S. federal court.

    Eugenio Hernandez Flores (R), governor of the northern border state of Tamaulipas from 2005 to 2010, faces trial in a U.S. federal court. | Photo: Commons Wikimedia

Published 16 March 2018
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Eugenio Hernandez Flores, who served as governor of the northern border state of Tamaulipas from 2005 to 2010, faces trial in a federal court in Texas.

Mexico has agreed to extradite a former state governor for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) wanted on money laundering charges in the United States, the foreign ministry said on Friday.

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Eugenio Hernandez Flores, who served as governor of the northern border state of Tamaulipas from 2005 to 2010, faces trial in a U.S. federal court in Texas, the ministry said in a statement.

Several former PRI governors, including Hernandez's predecessor in Tamaulipas, have been arrested over allegations of corruption in the past year, seriously undermining the reputation of the ruling party, Reuters reports.

The party's candidate is running third in most opinion polls in the race to win the July 1 Mexican presidential election.

The former governor has the right to challenge the extradition in court, and his lawyer Juan Jorge Olvera Reyes said he would do so. Hernandez denies the charges, Olvera said.

Hernandez was arrested in the Tamaulipas state capital of Ciudad Victoria in October. Prosecutors in Texas charged him over a money laundering scheme in mid-2015.

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