4/17/2017 InSight Crime
The capture of a fugitive ex-governor shows that Mexico is capable of netting its most wanted if there is sufficient political will. But if authorities want to eliminate the abuse of power by officials, ethics rather than politics must be the key force behind these manhunts.
“Yes sirs, I am Javier Duarte de Ochoa, I’m the governor, there’s nothing left but to tell the truth.”
Those were the words uttered by Javier Duarte, ex-governor of the state of Veracruz, when he was taken into custody in Guatemala on April 15 after six months on the run, reported BBC Mundo.
Duarte initially tried to deny his identity to Guatemalan police when he was nabbed in the lobby of a luxury hotel in Panajachel, in Guatemala’s Sololá department, where he had been holed with up his wife for two days, reported the BBC. He left his room to buy a bottle of liquor, which was when he was seized by authorities working as part of a bilateral effort with Mexico’s government and Interpol.