Graft Charges Dismissed Against Former Union Leader in Mexico

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Corruption charges pursued by Mexico’s outgoing government against Elba Esther Gordillo, the politically connected ex-leader of the country’s most powerful teachers union, have been dismissed, her lawyer said on Wednesday.

For decades, Gordillo led one of Latin America’s largest unions and was known for her close ties to the long-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI. She gained notoriety for living a lavish lifestyle that critics saw as a symbol of impunity and graft.

“I received … notification of the decree of my absolute and immediate freedom due to the dismissal of charges in the criminal case under which I was a subject,” according to a letter written by Gordillo but read by her lawyer, Marco Antonio del Toro.

Del Toro said the notification was issued late on Tuesday night and that Gordillo will speak publicly about the dismissal on Aug. 20.

Read the original article here: reuters.com


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