|Published : 16 Apr 2017, 18:14:59 | Updated : 16 Apr 2017, 18:16:54|
Guatemala police nab fugitive ex-Mexico governor
Guatemala police arrested a former Mexican governor accused of mishandling millions of dollars from programmes for the poor was arrested Saturday in Guatemala, according to the Mexican attorney general's office, reports CNN.
Javier Duarte de Ochoa, former governor of the Mexican state of Veracruz, was detained by the Guatemalan police at a hotel in the tourist town of Panajachel, about 90 miles east of Guatemala City, according to a statement from the attorney general's office.
He's being held by Guatemalan authorities while the Mexican government formally requests his extradition to Mexico, the statement said.
Duarte, 43, had been at large for more than six months.
The former governor is facing money laundering and organised crime charges. A Mexican judge had issued an arrest warrant against him in October.
Duarte's case is an embarrassment to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Both politicians belong to the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI by its Spanish acronym, which governed Mexico for most of the 20th century. Peña Nieto once mentioned Duarte as an example of the new, younger, less corrupt PRI.
PRI applauded Duarte's arrest in a statement published in the party's website Saturday.
(compiled by Rafiqul Islam)