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Teacher accused of diverting more than $100 million USD moved to house arrest

Mexico City, Mexico — A teacher accused of diverting millions of peso from union contributions has been moved to her home under house arrest.

Elba Esther Gordillo is accused of diverting resources from the teacher’s union contributions for an amount exceeding $104 million USD.

Former union leader Elba Esther Gordillo was transferred to one of her apartments in Mexico City after the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) desisted from appealing the ruling of a court that authorized house arrest.

On February 26, 2013, Gordillo was detained for the diversion of resources from the accounts of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) and for the crime of operations with resources of illegal origin.

In March of that same year, the former union leader was transferred from Santa Martha Acatitla prison to the medical tower of Tepepan for medical care. According to the doctors of the Penitentiary System, Elba Esther Gordillo had chronic liver, hypertension and renal diseases. She has since been transferred to one of her luxury apartments under house arrest.

The Attorney General’s Office (PGR, Prosecutor’s Office) declined to challenge the Amparo that granted Elba Esther Gordillo house arrest. The decision of the PGR coincided with the signing of the electoral alliance between the PRI, the party in power and Nueva Alianza, the party organization created in 2005 by Gordillo, for the elections of July 2018. The PGR clarified that the benefit of house arrest granted by a judicial instance does not affect the punitive terms.

However, the ex- secretary of Property Jose Antonio Meade said “It’s a process followed. The law is being applied and that has nothing to do with what we are seeing in politics”.

Elba Esther Gordillo Morales was a Mexican politician who has been the leader of the National Education Workers’ Union for 20 years. She spent four years and 10  months in prison for her crime.