Dudley Althaus, reporter for The Wall Street Journal, has covered Mexico, Latin America and beyond for nearly three decades. On June 3, Althaus analyzed the current situation of Rodrigo Medina, former governor of the northern state of Nuevo León, who is facing fraud charges, in an uncommon scene in Mexican politics.
Prosecutors in Mexico’s northern industrial state of Nuevo Leon have accused former Gov. Rodrigo Medina, a member of Mexico’s ruling party, and 10 senior members of his administration of fraud involving some $200 million in land sales and other dealings.
The charges announced Friday June 3 largely revolve around the state’s purchase of ranch land that was given to Kia Motors Corp., as part of an incentive package to win construction of its second North American assembly plant. The Kia plant, located in the town of Pesquería near the state capital of Monterrey, began production in mid-May.
The company itself isn’t accused of any wrongdoing. Kia had no immediate comment, spokesman Victor Aleman said. Kia Motors de Mexico President Seong Bae Kim told The Wall Street Journal in a recent interview that the company feels the incentive package has been ensnarled in a local political fight.
“This isn’t a campaign against a group of officials, it’s about pointing out official conduct that must not occur,” said Ernesto Canales, a prominent Monterrey lawyer who has led the investigation at the behest of Gov. Jaime Rodriguez, a political independent who won office by a landslide a year ago. “We strive not to be instruments of a political campaign.”
more recommended stories
Finally, the U.S. lifts tariffs on Canadian, Mexican metals
WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) – The United States.
Puerto Vallarta is recognized as the world’s second most important beach destination for the LGBT community
Puerto Vallarta is internationally recognized as.
AMLO pardons defaulting CFE debtors in his homestate of Tabasco
Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) will.
U.S Treasury works with government of Mexico against perpetrators of corruption
On Friday May 17th, the United.
Domestic workers’ labor rights have been officially expanded in Mexico
Mexico’s Congress voted to grant the.
Smog from pollution continues to choke the skies over Mexico City
Mexico City authorities have announced a.
Mexico prepares tax deal with technology platforms
Mexico’s Finance Ministry plans to announce.
Thousands of fires are blazing across Mexico
Mexico is facing an extremely heavy.
Mexico City officials had to cancel school due to poor air quality
Mexico’s education ministry cancelled schools in.
Mexico Plans More Pemex Tax Relief
Bloomberg) — Mexico’s state oil company.