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A former Mexican governor was detained in Guatemala on corruption charges


The former governor of Mexico's Veracruz state who is accused of running a corruption ring that allegedly pilfered millions of dollars from state coffers was detained in Guatemala Saturday.

Javier Duarte spent the last six months on the run as a fugitive and high-profile symbol of government graft in his country.

He was escorted to a prison at a military base in the Guatemalan capital.

A statement from Mexico's federal Attorney General's Office said Duarte was detained Saturday with the cooperation of Guatemalan police and the country's Interpol office.

It said he is wanted on suspicion of money laundering and organized crime, and prosecutors directed the Foreign Relations Department to request Duarte's extradition via its Guatemalan counterpart.

Authorities said Duarte was located at a hotel where he was staying with his wife.

"I have no comment, thank you," he said to a question from The Associated Press.

Duarte, 43, was governor of Veracruz from 2010 until he left office Oct. 12, 2016, two months before the scheduled end of his term, saying he was doing so in order to face the allegations against him.

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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