MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Argentine authorities and Interpol detained on Friday a businessman who was on the heart of a Mexican corruption scandal in 2004 that damage the repute of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who on the time was Mexico Metropolis’s mayor and is now the nation’s president.
The detained Argentine businessman Carlos Ahumada was filmed in 2004 giving bundles of cash to Lopez Obrador’s primary ally within the Metropolis Council, Rene Bejarano. Help for Lopez Obrador on the time was battered by the graft scandal.
Ahumada was detained on the request of Mexican authorities and a course of to extradite him to Mexico will start instantly, the Mexican lawyer normal’s workplace (FGR) mentioned in a press release.
The FGR mentioned it suspects Ahumada of committing tax fraud of round 1.47 million pesos ($74,910). In 2004, investigators needed to query him over an alleged $three million in lacking public funds.
Lopez Obrador, who took workplace in December, has made combating corruption a cornerstone of his administration.
Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Enhancing by Simon Cameron-Moore