Fugitive Mexican ex-governor arrested for graft, awaits extradition


From Channel NewsAsia

Former governor of Mexican state Veracruz Javier Duarte (C) is escorted by Guatemalan police after he was detained in a hotel in Panajachel, Guatemala 15 April 2017. REUTERS/Danilo Ramirezprev

GUATEMALA CITY: A former Mexican state governor on the run from police for more than five months who has come to symbolize corruption within the country’s ruling party was arrested on Saturday night in Guatemala and now awaits extradition.

Javier Duarte, a former governor of Veracruz state wanted on graft and organised crime charges, was detained in a hotel lobby in the colonial town of Panajachel, about 80 miles (130 km) west of Guatemala’s capital, the national police said in a statement.

Local television footage showed a calm Duarte being led by police outside the hotel on Saturday night, his hands cuffed behind his back.

He was transferred early on Sunday to the Matamoros prison in downtown Guatemala…

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