César Duarte: wanted for corruption. César Duarte: wanted for corruption.

Ex-governor declared fugitive from justice

Chihuahua's Duarte has fled to Texas, says his successor

The ex-governor Chihuahua is now considered a fugitive from justice, his successor said this afternoon.


César Duarte has fled to El Paso, Texas, to avoid possible corruption charges, said Governor Javier Corral, telling a press conference that procedures have begun to have Duarte arrested and extradited to Mexico.

The announcement follows the arrest of three former members of Duarte’s administration.

Javier Garfio Pacheco, who served as Public Works Secretary, and Gerardo Villegas, former director of administration at the Finance Secretariat, were detained yesterday on charges of embezzlement.

Ricardo Yáñez, ex-chief of the state housing commission, was arrested early this morning but the nature of the charge was not revealed.

Corral said Duarte broke his word to confront accusations of corruption, which he had declared “profusely.”

The governor said the detention of the three former officials is the beginning of a process and strategy to go after the entire network of political corruption that was woven together during the previous government for the purpose of personal enrichment.

Source: Reforma (sp), Milenio (sp)

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  • K. Chris C.

    If one does not take care of their upline, their upline will not take care of them.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

    • Peter Maiz

      Exactly right, the corrupt money always flows toward the top. I hope Cesar Duarte gets ten years in the “peni” but after leaving Chihuahua with a 4.5 billion U.S. dollar debt, he deserves a lot more.

  • Güerito

    This is another of the former PRI Governors Peña Nieto referred to in 2012 as the “new generation of young leaders transforming the PRI party.”

    • Peter Maiz

      I agree, it’s a spider web where everyone is involved.

  • SickofLiberalbs9999

    Does Mexico have any?

  • geranio


    • r.u.serious.e.p.

      Duarte will agree to make a cash donation to Trumpo University and will then be allowed to remain in the U.S.!

  • WestCoastHwy

    Pin the tail on the Donkey!!!

    So what make the new Governor less corrupted? Javier Corral is just pissed because that last Governor took all the monies!!!!

    • jjrb230

      Javier Corral has not been accused of anything and he is not on the run; what gives you the right to accuse him? No rebuznas porque no te sabes la tonada!

      • WestCoastHwy

        Pin the tail on the Donkey

      • WestCoastHwy

        Pin the tail on the Donkey!!!

  • Henry Wilson

    mexico will never join the world community of first world nations despite its total economy (14th world’s largest thanks to hated big brother to the north) until or unless it sheds its banana republic third world culture and corruption. descending into the crime lord controlled world of colombia of the 80s and 90s is not the recommended way to do it.

  • Peter Maiz

    It’s about time! and Cesar Duarte had the gall to place a complaint with the “human rights” office in Chihuahua complaining that new Pan governor Corral was destroying his human rights….Duarte is now being pursued by interpol. Hopefully, Cesar won’t be as illusive as Javier who is going on half a year having disappeared from the radar. When you embezzle billions of dollars, I suppose there are a lot of places to hide.