Disgraced Mexican ex-governor extradited from Guatemala

7/17/2017 Reuters

Duarte
Guatemala National Civil Police, via Associated Press

A former state governor from Mexico’s ruling party wanted for embezzlement and organized crime was extradited to his homeland from Guatemala on Monday, the Mexican government said.

Javier Duarte, who until last year governed the Gulf coast state of Veracruz for President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), is suspected of siphoning off millions of dollars during his tenure.

He has denied any wrongdoing.

His case has become emblematic of government failure to root out corruption, undermining support for the PRI, which has been Mexico’s dominant party for most of the past century.

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