August 13, 2019 / 12:45 PM / 5 days ago

Judge orders ex-Mexican minister to be taken into custody in corruption case

MEXICO CITY, Aug 13 (Reuters) - A Mexican judge ordered former minister Rosario Robles to be taken into custody pending criminal proceedings in a case involving loss to taxpayers, Mexican media reported on Tuesday.

Robles, who for more than 2-1/2 years was the social development minister in the last administration, has appeared in court over prosecutors’ claims that over 5 billion pesos ($258 million) destined for welfare programs under her tenure were unaccounted for, according to local media reports.

A lawyer for Robles said on local television that the politician and her team will fight the accusations. (Reporting by Mexico City Newsroom; writing by Julia Love Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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