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Awaiting sentencing, Ponce lashes out

Mexico City and federal officials “have organized an injust persecution using falsified charges” against him, said the capital’s former finance secretary Gustavo Ponce on Sunday, A federal circuit court issued a sentencing order against Ponce on Friday saying that there exists sufficient evidence of fraud and money laundering against the former Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) official to pass sentence. Ponce spent much of the weekend levying countercharges. “I have had nothing to do with fraud, neither am I guilty of any diversion or illegal use of funds,” he said from La Palma prison on Sunday. He called the charges against him, particularly the charges of fraud, a “conspiracy among persons and authorities of the Mexico City government” that amount to “conjecture without evidence that have resulted in accusations that are false and vengeful.” Full Story

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