Captured Mexican governor could be extradited to U.S. or Mexico

4/11/2017 Reuters

Security and the Rule of LawA former state governor for Mexico’s ruling party arrested in Italy at the weekend could be extradited to his homeland or the United States, where he faces a string of criminal charges linked to drug trafficking, authorities said on Monday.

Tomas Yarrington, a former governor of Tamaulipas state for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), was accused in 2013 by a federal grand jury in Texas of taking millions of dollars in bribes from the Gulf Cartel and other traffickers.

Yarrington is also wanted on trafficking charges in Mexico, where his lengthy avoidance of capture led to frequent opposition accusations that President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government was not trying hard to catch the former PRI grandee.

The Mexican attorney general’s office said the government would in coming days submit a request for Yarrington’s extradition to Mexico, where he faces up to 20 years in prison, but noted he could also be sent to the United States.

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