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Manhunt launched for former Mexican governor charged with corruption

Manhunt launched for former Mexican governor charged with corruption

He was once a luminary of Mexico’s ruling party, the governor of a strategic and wealthy state that is a key source of campaign funds for the long-dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party.

Leading national politicians, including President Enrique Peña Nieto, sought him out, despite rumors of corruption and a rising tide of violence and human rights abuses in the Mexican gulf state of Veracruz, where various drug cartels battle for dominance.

Now, former Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte is a fugitive, accused of money laundering, involvement with organized crime and various alleged acts of fraud, including setting up shell companies to divert...

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