Duarte de Ochoa is accused of running a ring that allegedly stole millions of dollars from government coffers
(AP Photo/Moises Castillo), photo: AP/Moises Castillo
19 of April 2017 14:18:58
GUATEMALA CITY – A Mexican former governor wanted on corruption charges is appearing before a Guatemalan court that will consider his possible extradition.Veracruz ex-Gov. Javier Duarte de Ochoa arrived at the tribunal Wednesday in a police van that was mobbed by reporters. He emerged wearing a bulletproof vest and was escorted inside.[caption id="attachment_56265" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Mexico's former Veracruz state Gov. Javier Duarte de Ochoa, who is accused of running a ring that allegedly pilfered from state coffers, is escorted by police to a courtroom for an extradition hearing in Guatemala City, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Photo: AP/Moises Castillo[/caption]Duarte de Ochoa was arrested Saturday at a hotel in a lakeside tourist town in Guatemala's highlands, six months after he abruptly resigned and dropped out of sight.He is accused of running a ring that allegedly stole millions of dollars from government coffers. In the past he has denied the allegations.Duarte de Ochoa has also been widely criticized for rampant drug cartel-fueled violence in Veracruz during his nearly six-year administration, a period during which at least 16 journalists were killed in the state.