Mexico offers $717,000 reward for ex-governor’s arrest


MEXICO CITY: The Mexican attorney general’s office offered on Friday a reward of 15 million pesos ($717,000) for information leading to the arrest of a fugitive former governor facing organized crime charges. Javier Duarte has not been seen since he stepped down as governor of the eastern state of Veracruz last month, just weeks before the end of his single six-year term on November 30. The attorney general’s office said in a statement that it offers the reward to anyone who gives “truthful and useful information to locate and detain” Duarte. Duarte is wanted on charges of organized crime and money laundering related to allegations that his government granted millions of dollars in contracts to shell companies. The ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has expelled him from its ranks.



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