Mexico's ex-governor of Veracruz state, Javier Duarte, is escorted in handcuffs by police to an aircraft as he is extradited to Mexico City from an Air Force base in Guatemala City.
Mexico's ex-governor of Veracruz state, Javier Duarte, is escorted in handcuffs by police to an aircraft as he is extradited to Mexico City from an Air Force base in Guatemala City. Moises Castillo

Governor forced to face charges

THE former governor of Veracruz state in eastern Mexico has been extradited from Guatemala on charges of corruption, money laundering and involvement in organised crime.

In October after being charged, Javier Duarte resigned and vowed to clear his name but a few weeks later he disappeared.

Six months later he was arrested at a hotel in Solola, Guatemala.

He is alleged to have siphoned off at least $45million of public money.

At his luxury ranch, police found 17 paintings by famous artists including Joan Miro, and Leonora Carrington.

During his six years in office there was an explosion in violence and corruption in the state and a spike in murders and disappearances. Veracruz became the most dangerous region for investigative journalists, with 17 killed in his term.

Police say his extortion may total more than $3billion. He faces up to 55 years in jail if convicted.



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