United States: US Accuses Mexican Ex-Governor of Corruption, Cartel Bribes

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The U.S. government on Friday announced the public designation of a former governor of the Mexican state of Nayarit under the Magnitsky Act, accusing him of “involvement in significant corruption” and drug cartel ties.

The announcement attributed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alleged that Roberto Sandoval Castañeda misappropriated state assets during his 2011-2017 term governing the Pacific Coast state and accepted bribes from the Jalisco New Generation and Beltran Leyva drug gangs.

The designation extends to Sandoval’s wife, daughter and son, and makes all four ineligible for U.S. visas.

The U.S. Treasury Department had already slapped more serious sanctions on Sandoval and his immediate family last May for purported corruption and taking bribes from drug gangs. A judge sanctioned at the same time was arrested in November.

The full original article can be found at nytimes.com

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