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Guatemala hands Mexico ex-governor wanted in corruption case

Updated Monday, July 17, 2017 | 8:28 a.m.

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala has handed Mexican authorities a former governor wanted on corruption charges. Former Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte was put on a plane in Guatemala City for his return after dropping a fight against extradition.

Duarte fled to Guatemala after resigning as governor of one of the country's most populous states amid mounting allegations of corruption. He faces charges that include organized crime, influence trafficking and bribery.

The case is sensitive for Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, which is trying to clean up its image ahead of next year's presidential vote. Many party leaders had publicly hobnobbed with Duarte, whose state had been a key bastion for the party until it lost the governorship there this year.

Duarte has insisted he is innocent.