Javier Duarte: Accused governor detained in Guatemala

A fugitive former governor of Mexico’s Veracruz state suspected of embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars has been detained in Guatemala after six months on the run, officials said on Saturday.
Javier Duarte “was located and detained for the purpose of extradition in the municipality of Panajachel”, in Guatemala’s Solola department, Mexico’s attorney general said in a statement.
A photo released by Guatemalan police showed a bespectacled Duarte, clad in a grey shirt and black jacket-vest, being escorted by Interpol agents.
Manuel Noriega, deputy director of Interpol in Guatemala, said Duarte was located at a hotel where he was staying with his wife. He was asked to leave his room, did so voluntarily and then was arrested without incident in the lobby.
Noriega said Duarte would be presented before a judge to consider his possible extradition.
Mexican requested Guatemala’s assistance in capturing the fugitive ex-governor of Veracruz, which borders the Gulf of Mexico.The operation was carried out jointly with national civil police and Interpol.
Source: Aljazeera

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