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Duarte: a fugitive still. Duarte: a fugitive still.

15mn-peso reward offered for Duarte

Whereabouts of the former Veracruz governor remain unknown

Federal authorities have offered a 15-million-peso reward (US $720,000) for information leading to the capture of former Veracruz governor Javier Duarte.

Wanted for organized crime and money laundering, Duarte took a leave of absence a month ago and disappeared soon after.

The federal Attorney General’s office (PGR) offered the reward saying efforts to locate the ex-governor had been unsuccessful despite an extensive deployment of personnel from the Criminal Investigation Agency.

Information about Duarte’s whereabouts can be submitted by phone to 01-800-831-3196 from anywhere in Mexico or by email to [email protected].

The PGR said last month it had requested that an Interpol Red Notice, equivalent to an international arrest warrant, be issued. But a search for Duarte at the Interpol website today turned up no records.

An Interpol notice was issued earlier in October for the former governor of Sonora, Guillermo Padrés, who is also wanted on corruption charges. But he turned himself in this week.

Source: Animal Político (sp)

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