A former Mexican governor accused of bankrupting his state for personal enrichment will face justice in Mexico.
Guatemalan authorities handed Javier Duarte de Ochoa over to Mexican counterparts on Monday after he was captured by police in the Central American country in April, writes James Fredrick in Mexico City.
Mr Duarte fled Mexico in late 2016 after investigative journalists had revealed his administration set up a complex system of fake businesses to embezzle public funds. Officials suspect the scheme stole as much as $3bn. His six-year tenure as governor also brought a spike in the state violence and the murder of 17 local journalists.
The prosecution of Mr Duarte will serve as a sort of litmus test for Mexico’s tepid corruption fight. While new laws and a new prosecutor have sought to rid the country of endemic corruption, their implementation has been slow and ineffective so far.
And Mr Duarte is just one in a laundry list of corrupt Mexican governors. At least three others are on the lam and, according to the activist group Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity, 42 governors have been suspected of corruption since 2000 and only 17 have been investigated. Only three have been found guilty of such crimes.