Fugitive ex-governor of Mexican state of Veracruz detained

Fugitive ex-governor of Mexican state of Veracruz detained

Former Mexican governor Javier Duarte arrested in Guatemala: After more than six months of eluding authorities, Ex-Governor of Veracuz, Mexico Javier Duarte was arrested this weekend in Panajachel, Guatemala.

How quickly Duarte faces charges in Mexico would depend on whether he chooses to fight extradition from Guatemala, said Alberto Elias Beltran, a deputy attorney general responsible for worldwide affairs at the Mexican Attorney General's Office.

Tomás Yarrington, former governor of Tamaulipas state who has been accused by Mexican and USA prosecutors of money laundering and racketeering, among other charges, was captured in Italy last week.

"In the best case it will give him a small boost in the short term but it also draws attention to the corruption of the governors", said Hope.

Duarte is suspected to have siphoned off at least 645 million Mexican pesos ($35 million) of public money.

Interpol issued an global arrest warrant against him.

Last month, investigators discovered a mass grave in the state containing hundreds of human skulls; the condition of the remains suggested that the victims might have been killed years ago. A reward of $730,000 was offered for his capture.

Garcia Harfuch did not provide the names of the network of people who helped Duarte from Mexico City.

"Justice will be done", said new Veracruz Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes, a bitter critic of Duarte.

PNG police announced an investigation into the unrest at the Manus Island facility, an offshore processing centre reopened in 2012 to detain people who try to enter Australia by boat. "There will be no pardon".

Duarte, the former Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) member had come to symbolize official corruption to many in Mexico where he is wanted for money laundering and organized crime.

Another PRI governor from the class of 2010 wanted on corruption charges, Cesar Duarte of Chihuahua, no relation, is considered a fugitive and believed to be living in El Paso, Texas. He is not related to Javier Duarte. In June, the opposition National Action Party won a hotly contested race to succeed Duarte in a contest widely seen as a repudiation of rampant corruption and a stinging defeat for the PRI.

Mexican authorities issued an arrested warrant against Duarte in October for his alleged responsibility in organized crime and embezzlement.

During his roughly six years in office, Duarte's Gulf Coast state also earned the inglorious distinction of becoming "one of the world's most lethal regions for the press", according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Orsi reported from Mexico City.

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