The wife of disgraced former Veracruz governor Javier Duarte has been filmed living the high life in London as she too is investigated for embezzlement.
Karim Macías is now the subject of an Interpol red notice after current Veracruz governor Miguel Ángel Lunes Linares issued an arrest warrant for her.
Macías’s husband Javier Duarte is in custody in Mexico facing accusations he and his associates looted $3.2 billion US from the state which he ran between 2010 and 2016.
She herself is accused of embezzling 112 million pesos of public funds during that period – around $5.65 million at today’s exchange rate.
It does not seem Macías will be hard to find. In a press conference yesterday (May 29), Linares played an eight-minute video to reporters appearing to show her going about a life of luxury in Belgravia in West London.
In the middle of the day on May 15, 2017, Javier Valdez Cárdenas was walking towards his car in his hometown of Culiacán, Sinaloa – he never made it.
A car full of gunmen pulled up beside the journalist, ordered him to kneel and shot him dead with a dozen bullets.
By all accounts Valdez was a fearless and brilliant reporter, first for Mexican television and later for daily newspaper Noroeste, based in Sinaloa, and RioDoce, a weekly magazine dedicated to chronicling crime and corruption in the state which he co-founded in 2003.
He also wrote a number of books, including The Orphans of the Drug Trade: The Forgotten Ones in the War on Drugs, Hitman: Confessions of an Assassin in Ciudad Juárez and the Mala-yerba, which literally means ‘bad weed’; a collection of short pieces each telling one story of those affected by the drug war in northern Mexico.
A year later and no one has been brought to justice for his slaying – putting the case in the 99.6 per cent of crimes against journalists in Mexico for which the perpetrators remain unpunished, according to a recent report by press freedom organisation Article 19.
Over five days of events across Sinaloa last week family, friends, colleagues and supporters of Mr Valdez came together to remember him and protest the impunity afforded his killers and those of dozens of others of journalists in Mexico – more than 30 have been murdered in the last three years alone.
They were led by his widow, Griselda Triana, who held her head high throughout what must have been a horrendous few days.
A new film, No Se Mata La Verdad – ‘The Truth Shall Not Be Killed’ – was screened for the first time, documenting these three preceding blood-soaked years of Mexican journalism.
As the credits rolled some in the audience broke out into shouts of ‘No al silencio’ – ‘No to silence’ – which has becoming a rallying call for supporters of free speech since Valdez was killed.
Témoris Grecko is a Mexican war correspondent and the reporter in the film, as well as being one of its producers.
“I’ve worked in Syria, I’ve worked in Iran and Iraq; in Egypt, Libya and in Gaza – when you are in these places you are just another annoying journalist working around but here, they go after you,” he said.
To prove the point, news emerged on Tuesday (May 15) of the killing of yet another reporter in Mexico, this time Juan Carlos Huerta, shot dead as he left his home in Villahermosa, Tabasco.
On Friday (May 25) it was reported journalist Alicia Diaz Gonzalez had been found dead at her home in Monterrey with stab wounds to the back of the neck.
Hundreds joined a march in Culiacán on May 15 to protest 365 days of impunity for Valdez’s killers, starting at the city’s cathedral and ending at the office of the Sinaloa district attorney.
The black tinted windows of the six-storey building looked down on the crowd as the sun went down and a number of speakers addressed protestors.
A cleaner poked her head of the door but no one from officialdom emerged.
Both are currently in custody, Mini Lic in the United States, where he faces drug trafficking and money laundering charges, and Licenciado in Mexico after his high profile arrest in Mexico City last year.
Two of those believed to have been in the car the day of Valdez’s death, alleged driver Heriberto ‘N’, alias ‘El Koala’, and passenger Juan Francisco Picos Barrueto, alias ‘El Quillo’, have been arrested by Mexican federal police.
The body of the man who supposedly pulled the trigger, Idelfonso Sánchez Romero, alias ‘El Diablo’, was found in a burned out car in Tijuana shortly after El Koala’s April 23 arrest.
But regardless of whether anyone is ever charged, let alone convicted, of Valdez’s murder, his widow has little hope for the future of journalism in Mexico.
Mrs Valdez said: “We can continue to believe something might change but I believe that as long as our authorities fail to put limits on the level of impunity and while that impunity exists here, people will have a license to kill each other and nothing is going to happen to them.”