Mexico seeks extradition of ex-governor

AFP-Jiji GUATEMALA CITY (AFP-Jiji) — Mexico has asked Guatemala to extradite a fugitive former governor suspected of embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars, officials said Sunday.

Javier Duarte, of Veracruz state, was arrested arond 8:00 p.m. at a luxury hotel in the tourist resort town of Panajachel on Saturday, Guatemalan police said.

Mexico filed its extradition request later that night.

“Now there is a 60-day period in which bilateral extradition issues are looked at. Then the judge will determine if the necessary conditions are met and that he should be extradited,” Mexico’s top prosecutor Omar Garcia said at a briefing at Mexico’s embassy in Guatemala City.Speech

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