Mexico: Mexican ex-governor stalls fast-track extradition from Guatemala

Author(s): Sofia Menchu | Date: April 19, 2017 | Language: English
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Javier Duarte, the former state governor of Mexico’s ruling party who was arrested in Guatemala at the weekend, said in court on Wednesday he would not agree to be extradited until his lawyers were able to study a formal extradition request.
“At this time, I can’t agree (to extradition) until the formal extradition request arrives, and it can be studied by my defense team” said Duarte. “This doesn’t mean I won’t accept it, though.”
If Duarte agrees to be extradited, he could be back in Mexico within a month, according to Guatemalan justice officials. If not, it might take considerably longer.
Duarte faces prosecution for embezzlement and organized crime in Mexico, where he was the governor of Veracruz state until last year. He has denied any wrongdoing.