Fugitive Mexican ex-governor moved to Guatemalan prison

Fugitive Mexican politician wanted on organised crime charges held in Guatemala

A former Mexican state governor who has been on the run for six months was arrested on Saturday, police said.

A reward of 15 million pesos (£583,000) had been offered for his capture.

In their investigation of Duarte, the authorities have seized property and businesses purportedly tied to him, and have frozen scores of bank accounts.

Alberto Elias Beltran, right, and Omar Garcia Harfuch, center, of Mexico's Federal Attorney General's Office, and Mexican embassy staffer Angel Dominguez leave after a press conference at the Mexican embassy in Guatemala City, Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Orsi reported from Mexico City.

'More than 200m pesos ($9.7million) stolen from the people of Veracruz were spent doing up this house so that Duarte could have people over, now he won't host anything any more, ' Linares said.

"I don't have foreign accounts", he said previous year.

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. Both Mexico and the United States are expected to file extradition requests with the Italian authorities.

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The detention comes a week after Tomas Yarrington, the former governor of Mexico's Tamaulipas state, was arrested in Italy, also on allegations of organised crime and money laundering.

Elías Beltran stated that two people provided Javier Duarte with the logistics for taking refuge in Guatemala.

But Duarte's capture could provide some political capital to President Enrique Peña Nieto, whose approval ratings have plummeted over the past two years and whose party is preparing for a close, fierce fight to hold onto the presidency in elections next year.

The party, which expelled Duarte on October 25, 2016, issued a statement applauding his arrest in Guatemala.

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.

The state of Veracruz also became Mexico's most risky region for journalists, with 17 killed during his time in office.

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