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Fugitive Mexican Ex-Gov. Detained in Guatemala

Fugitive Mexican Ex-Gov. Detained in GuatemalaFugitive Mexican Ex-Gov. Detained in Guatemala

Javier Duarte, the former governor of Mexico’s Veracruz state who is accused of running a corruption ring that allegedly pilfered from state coffers, was detained in Guatemala after six months as a fugitive and high-profile symbol of government graft in his country. A statement from Mexico’s federal Attorney General’s Office said Duarte was detained on Saturday with the cooperation of Guatemalan police and the country’s Interpol office in the municipality of Panajachel, a picturesque tourist town on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala’s highlands, ABC News reported. It said he is wanted on suspicion of money laundering and organized crime, and prosecutors directed the Foreign Relations Department to request Duarte’s extradition via its Guatemalan counterpart. Manuel Noriega, deputy director of Interpol in Guatemala, said Duarte was staying with his wife in a hotel. He was asked to leave his room, did so voluntarily and then was arrested without incident in the lobby. Noriega said Duarte would be presented before a judge to consider his possible extradition.

 

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