[:en]Former governor Javier Duarte arrested in Guatemala after six months on the run[:es]El ex-gobernador fugitivo Javier Duarte fue capturado en Guatemala[:]

[:en]According to international news agency Al Jazeera, the infamous 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 April 15.

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.

Duarte is escorted by authorities after he was detained in a hotel in Panajachel, Guatemala [Danilo Ramirez/Reuters]
Duarte is escorted by authorities after he was detained in a hotel in Panajachel, Guatemala [Danilo Ramirez/Reuters]

Corruption charges

Duarte, who became governor in 2010, resigned last year before the end of his term and then went on the run.

Interpol issued an international arrest warrant against him. A reward of 15 million pesos ($730,000) had been offered for his capture.

In January, authorities got two companies to return $19.3m obtained illegally from the Duarte government.

A month later, authorities seized a warehouse full of Duarte’s artworks, antiques and personal journals. They also found luxurious saddles, silverware sets, ostentatious furniture, school supplies and even wheelchairs presumably owned by the government.

Investigators were said to have found a set of documents linking the ex-governor’s wife Karime Macias de Duarte directly to the preparation and execution of actions to divert public resources for the personal benefit of some accomplices.

During Duarte’s tenure, Veracruz became one of the most violent states in Mexico, with bloody murders by drug cartels, several cases of enforced disappearance and the murder of 17 journalists.

“For many Mexicans, Duarte came to symbolise the worst aspects of the political class here: corruption, incompetence and, until his capture, impunity,” Al Jazeera’s John Holman, reporting from Mexico City, said.

“That’s why his capture is really important for Mexico’s federal government because until now it seemed that they just let him slip through their fingers despite all these allegations swirling around him.”

Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies[:es]Javier Duarte, el exgobernador de Veracruz (2010-2016), se encontraba prófugo desde el 13 de octubre de 2016 y fue detenido la noche de este sábado 15 de abril, frente al lago turístico de Atitlán, en el departamento de Sololá, Guatemala.

Durante 184 días el exgobernador de 43 años fue humo para la Interpol que lo buscó en 190 países, tan solo tres días más del tiempo que pasó Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán prófugo en su última huída.

Pasaron más de seis meses y del fugitivo veracruzano solo se conocían rumores o filtraciones de prensa que lo ubicaban en Canadá, Costa Rica o Panamá. Pero fue ahí, en medio de volcanes, embarcaciones privadas, hoteles cinco estrellas y los festejos de la Semana Santa de Guatemala, donde por fin las autoridades hallaron a Duarte, resultado de un operativo de la Fiscalía y la Policía Nacional Civil de ese país centroamericano, en colaboración con la Procuraduría General de la República de México (PGR, fiscalía federal).

El exgobernador de Veracruz se encontraba a orillas del turístico lago de Atitlán, en medio de volcanes, embarcaciones privadas y hoteles cinco estrellas de Guatemala. (Photo: Reuters)
El exgobernador de Veracruz se encontraba a orillas del turístico lago de Atitlán, en medio de volcanes, embarcaciones privadas y hoteles cinco estrellas de Guatemala. (Photo: Reuters)

La extradición a México

El gobierno de México ya inició los trámites para la extradición de Javier Duarte, quien es acusado por los delitos de enriquecimiento ilícito, delincuencia organizada y operaciones con recursos de procedencia ilícita.

Duarte estará detenido provisionalmente en Guatemala y en los próximos 60 días se resolverá su extradición a México en una audiencia, frente a juez que conocerá las razones de la solicitud del gobierno mexicano.

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“En el momento en el que el juez considere procedente la extradición del reclamado, turnará el expediente al Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores guatemalteco, en donde se realizará el trámite correspondiente parasu entrega a las autoridades mexicanas”, informó la PGR por medio de un comunicado.

Fuente: UNIVISION[:]

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