Karime Macias Tubilla has returned to the spotlight of Mexican politics. Involved in the case of ex-husband Javier Duarte de Ochoa, the former first lady of Veracruz has slipped into national attention after it was revealed this Thursday that a London high court judge will approve his extradition to Mexico. But Who is he and what is he accused of?
In the first years of Javier Duarte de Ochoa’s government, his wife Karime Macías Tubilla showed herself as a tolerant womansensitive and understanding who was always deeply moved when receiving books as gifts.
Regardless of the authors, their nationality or the issues they will address, she drank the stories with an anxiety rarely seen in a first lady and even he took the trouble to call by phone to thank the works and, incidentally, he recommended others.
He read and recommended Le Clézio, Patrick Modiano, Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto, among others; she always had topics of conversation and reflected what she was: a very cultured woman.
It was not accidental she came from a wealthy family and was rigorously educated. She always showed it. She is neat in her dress and in her figure, extremely disciplined in her diet and exercise. She rode horses all the time, not only in Veracruz, but also in Mexico City.
For many it was strange that he agreed to the processions of Javier Duarte de Ochoaa young man from the lower-middle class, fatherless, who had to work alongside his mother in the bakeries they had in the Córdoba area.
The relationship between the two was built at the Universidad Iberoamericana, where they studied. The cupid was Moisés Mansur, Karime’s friend and identified as one of the former governor’s main partners fugitive from justice.
While Javier had to work to pay for his studies, Karime was refined, even selective with her friends. She is very discreet and little affects the jewelry during her husband’s six-year term, she almost always wore the same watch.
Demanding and dominant, Karime was an invaluable ally for the political aspirations of Javier Duarte. During the six-year term of Fidel Herrera Beltrán, he was the most discreet and helpful person with the then first lady, Rosa Borunda.
When Javier became governor, for five years of his administration it was common to see her walking completely alone in the shopping malls of the city of Xalapa and Veracruz; On other occasions she was observed with her children and her babysitters (at least two).
She liked to go unnoticed and that is why she often went to Mexico City. In the middle of the six-year term she got pregnant and that distanced her even more.
She started out being generous, understanding, tolerant and sensitive, but As the end of the Duarte government progressed, he underwent a profound transformation of character.
He had episodes of interest in government affairs, in which he was very actively involved and even came to chair cabinet meetings; from the fourth year he decided to take control of the government’s social communication policies and social networks.
From that moment, Karime changed. He became more and more involved in social communication and government-wide issues.
What is Javier Duarte’s ex-wife accused of?
The authorities accuse her of using at least 112 million pesos from the Veracruz budget for her personal use.during his management at the head of a state agency with social purposes, the state DIF.
The former governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, was accused of using dozens of ghost companies to divert the public budget.
Something that had already been previously denounced in a journalistic investigation known as “Master Fraud” published by media such as Political Animal and Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity (MCCI).
That journalistic investigation detailed that, with the front companies, Duarte and some collaborators delivered dozens of irregular contracts for more than 500 million pesos.
The ex-partner was highly criticized, after the subsequent government of Veracruz found warehouses with goods from Duarte and Macías, full of luxury..
“Yes, I deserve abundance,” Karime Macías wrote frantically in a notebook found in that warehouse.in which they found boats, paintings and jewelry.
When the former governor was arrested in 2017 in Guatemala, she escaped to Londonwhere she lived in luxury, which triggered the demand to apprehend her, presumably for being an accomplice of who at that time was her husband.