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Former Mexico City official arrested in Spain for diversion of 40 million meant to assist those in need during 2017 earthquake

Mexico City, Mexico — The National Court of Spain has confirmed the arrest of Edgar Oswaldo Tungüí, the former Commissioner for Reconstruction, Recovery and Transformation of Mexico City. The National Court confirmed his Thursday arrest in Madrid, for which Tungüí had three outstanding arrest warrants.

Tungüí, who held the position during the administrations of Miguel Ángel Mancera and José Ramón Amieva, was wanted for the diversion of more than 40 million peso destined for the reconstruction of houses after the 2017 earthquakes.

The former official, who was arrested at the Adolfo Suárez International Airport, accepted his extradition to Mexico in Spanish court. Before the magistrate, he said when he was detained at the Madrid airport, he was preparing to return to Mexico to resolve his judicial situation.

Tungüí will remain in prison while his delivery to Mexico is being processed. The Attorney General’s Office of Mexico City has also confirmed the arrest of Tungüí, who was Secretary of Works and Services between 2015 and 2017.

“The aforementioned former public servant has three arrest warrants for his probable participation in the crime of illegal use of attributions and powers, requested and obtained by the Prosecutor’s Office for the Investigation of Crimes Committed by Public Servants, for which the Prosecutor’s Office of Mexico City requested an international search,” reported the Attorney General.

He, along with the former head of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, Jesús Gutiérrez Gutiérrez, are accused of illegal use of powers for allegedly granting financial support to people who did not meet the established requirements, in addition to other irregularities.

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