tomas Yarrington Yarrington: given the boot.

Wanted ex-governor expelled by PRI

Party kicks out Yarrington, ex-governor of Tamaulipas, suspends Borge of Quintana Roo

More than four years after he was accused of laundering money for a drug cartel, Tomás Yarrington has been expelled from the ranks of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

The party’s National Justice Commission said the former governor of Tamaulipas systematically violated party statutes and the code of ethics and acted without integrity during his term in office from 1999 until 2005.

His acts damaged the image of the PRI, the commission said in a statement.

The commission also suspended the membership privileges of Quintana Roo’s ex-governor, Roberto Borge, and expelled three former cabinet members in the administration of Javier Duarte, ex-governor of Veracruz.

Borge has been accused of embezzlement though formal charges have not been laid.

Yarrington was accused in 2012 of money laundering after a member of the Gulf Cartel gave evidence against him to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. He is wanted by both Mexican and U.S. authorities.

He was stripped of his membership privileges by the PRI in May 2012 when the party said he would remain suspended until the accusations against him were cleared up.

Yarrington’s expulsion follows that of Javier Duarte, whose membership privileges were suspended in September. His expulsion followed in October.

He too is wanted for money laundering.

Another Duarte, the former governor of Chihuahua, is also in the Justice Commission’s sights. César Duarte has been accused of corruption since he left office in September, but no action was taken regarding his membership while more information is sought.

Source: Milenio (sp), Reforma (sp)

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