Mexican ex-minister arrested on corruption charges

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-14 16:49:50|Editor: xuxin
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MEXICO CITY, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- A Mexican judge on Tuesday ordered the arrest of former minister Rosario Robles on corruption charges.

Robles, minister of Agrarian Development and Urban Planning under former President Enrique Pena Nieto (2012-2018), was arrested after a 12-hour court hearing and brought to a women's prison here.

She will remain in jail for two months while under investigation, according to Robles' lawyer Xavier Olea.

Robles is accused of "wrongful exercise of public service" for the alleged theft of 5 billion pesos (257 million U.S. dollars) in public money.

The former minister has denied the charges and her defense team regards the case as "political persecution."

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