Mexican ex-governor extradition could take up to year -official

4/17/2017 Reuters

The extradition of a former state governor for Mexico’s ruling party arrested in Guatemala at the weekend on corruption charges could take up to a year, a senior Mexican official said on Monday.

Javier Duarte, who until last year governed Veracruz state for President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), became a symbol of corruption in Mexico and his case is highly politicized with elections looming.

Duarte, who has denied any wrongdoing, faces prosecution for embezzlement and organized crime in Mexico and his successor as governor, Miguel Angel Yunes, has accused him of siphoning off billions of pesos from the oil-rich state of Veracruz.

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 international affairs at the Mexican Attorney General’s Office.

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