Ex-Mexican governor accepts extradition from Guatemala

A fugitive former governor of Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz accepted on Tuesday extradition from Guatemala to face some corruption charges at home.

Javier Duarte's decision did not assure his extradition. Another hearing will be held in early July.

Duarte was captured in April in Guatemala, six months after resigning as governor of Veracruz.

He faces embezzlement and organized crime charges in Mexico. The hearing Tuesday involved a first extradition request on state charges, including abuse of authority, embezzlement and other charges.

Duarte's legal team said those state charges are baseless and politically motivated.

Duarte, who appeared in court smiling and sported a full beard, called the accusations "baseless, vague, imprecise and light-weight."

Extradition remains to be determined on a second set of charges, which allege that Duarte as governor embezzled millions and used much of the money to buy properties.

Duarte is one of three fugitive former Mexican governors arrested abroad recently. Italian authorities captured ex-Tamaulipas Gov. Tomas Yarrington in April, and last month former Gov. Roberto Borge of Quintana Roo state was arrested in Panama.

All three belonged to the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party.



Add Comment

all comments

  Other news

more
Schools address gender inclusion to ensure all students can learn

Schools address gender inclusion to ensure all students can learn..

22-Jul, 09:31

Students in Michele Hatchell's art class at Shorewood Elementary School...

Paddy McGuinness says hes 'never happy in himself' since twins autism diagnosis  full story here

Paddy McGuinness says hes 'never happy in himself' since twins autism diagnosis full story..

22-Jul, 04:41

Earlier this month, Paddy McGuinness and his wife Christine revealed that...

Charges filed against Florida teens who recorded & taunted drowning disabled man

Charges filed against Florida teens who recorded & taunted drowning disabled man..

21-Jul, 22:43

A group of teenagers who filmed and taunted a drowning man in a lake are...

High-dose flu vaccine reduces hospital visits for nursing home residents

High-dose flu vaccine reduces hospital visits for nursing home residents..

22-Jul, 13:10

The fact that vaccines typically don't work as well in older people...

Stocks have worst day of the year amid Trump controversies

Stocks have worst day of the year amid Trump controversies..

17-May, 16:56

Stocks have their worst day since September as traders worry Washington...

Supreme Court bars chief prosecutor from leaving Venezuela

Supreme Court bars chief prosecutor from leaving Venezuela..

29-Jun, 00:12

Venezuela's Supreme Court barred the nation's chief prosecutor from...

Daughters of Panama ex-dictator Noriega say he's in critical condition after brain surgery

Daughters of Panama ex-dictator Noriega say he's in critical condition after brain surgery..

07-Mar, 16:20

Daughters of Panama ex-dictator Noriega say he's in critical condition...

Woman accused of leaving toddler at South Carolina Wal-Mart

Woman accused of leaving toddler at South Carolina Wal-Mart..

31-Mar, 14:47

A South Carolina woman has been arrested and charged after police found...