Guatemala says ex-Mexican governor could be extradited within a week

7/12/2017 Reuters

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(Guatemala National Civil Police via AP) 

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Guatemala is ready to turn over to Mexico next week a former state governor wanted on charges of embezzlement and organized crime, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday, in a case that further tarnished the Mexican ruling party’s record on corruption.

Javier Duarte, who governed the Gulf state of Veracruz for President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) until last year, could be returned to Mexico on July 17, Guatemalan foreign ministry spokesman Tekandi Paniagua said.

“Mexico has proposed July 17 at nine in the morning for the extradition,” Paniagua said.

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