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Mexican authorities released the current president of Interjet’s board of directors, Alejandro del Valle, after spending more than two months in prison for alleged fraud amid the crisis at the airline, which has not operated for a year.
“Today is a great day for the Del Valle family. After a great process of more than two and a half months, my father flew to his home in Houston a few hours ago, “informed his son Carlos del Valle, who is also Interjet’s CEO, in a video message broadcast early in the morning. of this Thursday.
The Investigative Police (PDI) of Mexico City had detained Alejandro del Valle at the Club de Industriales on September 9 “for his probable participation in the commission of the crime of generic fraud,” although it did not detail the amount.
His son Carlos did not specify why they released his father, who remained in the South Prison in the Mexican capital.
“He is with his family, he is in excellent health and we will continue to do a great job for our Mexico,” he commented in his video.
Last December, the General Assembly of Interjet Shareholders appointed Del Valle as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors, thereby displacing Miguel Alemán Magnani, the airline’s founder, now a fugitive from justice.
The situation of Interjet, which has not operated since December 2020 and faces a strike, has caused controversy since last year, when the Mexican association against Corruption and Impunity (MCCI) reported that it owed more than 3,000 million pesos (about 140 , $ 3 million) to the federal government.
Just last August, Interpol issued a red card for the capture of Alemán Magnani, accused of tax fraud for 66 million pesos (3.09 million dollars) by the Attorney General’s Office (FGR).
Carlos del Valle has also reported that Interjet’s plan is to restart the operation of the airline, which was one of the four main in Mexico, next year.
For the resurgence of the company, the manager has proposed to operate initially with only 10 aircraft and flights from three airports: Mexico City International Airport (AICM), Toluca in the State of Mexico and the new Felipe Ángeles, which commissioned by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
“We will continue with all the projects we have. Mexico needs us, we will continue to fight for that great company, Interjet, which we have with so many colleagues who need this company to rise up ”, concluded the CEO in his video.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.