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State prosecutor says ex-Playa del Carmen mayor won’t leave prison

Playa del Carmen, Q. R. — The Attorney General of the State of Quintana Roo, Miguel Angel Pech, said that despite the Amparo granted by a judge in defense of Mauricio Góngora Escalante, the former mayor of Solidarity will remain in prison.

The lawyer of the ex-mayor of Playa del Carmen has filed an Amparo in an attempt to see his client under house arrest during the investigative time rather than remain behind bars, however, the state prosecutor says that won’t happen.

“At this time, we must not forget that the judge does not look only at the charges for which the Amparo was applied. The Office of the Prosecutor filed an appeal for review, and in addition to the appeal, we are ensuring that the other charges are being taken into consideration, which means that his process will continue in prison.”

He explained that in total there are three open cases against the former mayor for the crimes of irregular performance of the public function and embezzlement, among others. The charges include both Playa del Carmen and Chetumal.

Former Solidaridad mayor, Mauricio Góngora Escalante, was transferred to Playa del Carmen in March after his arrest in Mexico City to face allegations of embezzlement and negligence in the performance of his duties while mayor.