After being detained for one of the biggest corruption scandals in Mexico, former governor of the state of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, is now awaitig extradition after more than five months being a fugitive.
Javier Duarte, of Veracruz state, was arrested arond 8:00pm at a luxury hotel in the tourist resort town of Panajachel on Saturday, Guatemalan police said.
He resigned his post to face corruption allegations but then disappeared in October 2016.
In this photo released by the Guatemala National Civil Police (PNC), Mexico's former Veracruz state Gov. Javier Duarte poses for photos escorted by an agent of the Interpol office in Guatemala, left, and a Mexico federal agent at a court room in Panajachel, Guatemala, Saturday, April 15, 2017. Interpol also issued an global arrest warrant against him.
He was suspended from this party, PRI - which is also the party of President Enrique Pena Nieto - before his disappearance.
Duarte became a powerful symbol of alleged corruption during midterm elections previous year in which the PRI lost several governorships, including Veracruz, that it had held uninterrupted since its founding in 1929. In that same month he was expelled from the Institutional Revolutionary Party- PRI.
Mexico says it will formally request his extradition.
Elected as governor in 2010, Duarte presided over a sharp deterioration in security in the state, punctuated by the discovery of mass graves and a spate of killings of journalists during his watch.
Duarte stood down past year in order to face the allegations against him, he said, after it was claimed that the Mexican government had found millions of dollars linked to him. He was extradited to the United States and convicted of ties to drug trafficking, before being returned to Mexico, where he was again jailed. A reward of $730,000 was offered for his capture.
The party, which expelled Javier Duarte on October 25, 2016, and has sought to distance itself from him, applauded the arrest.
"The PRI calls for all the relevant investigations to be carried out and, respecting due process, for the ex-governor of Veracruz to be punished in an exemplary fashion, as well as anyone who is confirmed to have taken part in his criminal ring", the party said in a statement.
The state of Veracruz also became Mexico's most unsafe region for journalists, with 17 killed during his time in office.
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