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Interpol Issues Arrest Warrant for Former Mexican Governor Javier Duarte

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Jan 25, 2017, 12:59 pm
Former Mexican Governor Javier Duarte
Duarte has been accused of making over 60 ghost companies during his time as governor. (Animal Político)

EspañolEx-governor of Veracruz, Mexico Javier Duarte is now wanted in the 190 countries under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Police Organization, known as Interpol.

Duarte is accused of participating in organized crime and money laundering, for which Interpol has issued an international warrant called a “red notice.”

The ex-governor fled from Mexican authorities three months ago, but sources said Interpol has had a beat on him since November 14 of last year.

Employees and state officials have reported that the funds allocated to various social programs were diverted for various uses or simply disappeared under the Duarte administration.

The latest indictment against the fugitive was made by current Governor of Veracruz Miguel Angel Yunes, who accused his predecessor’s administration of supplying water to children with cancer instead of chemotherapy drugs. Duarte is also accused of creating more than 60 ghost companies during his administration.

Currently, Procurator General of the Republic is offering US $ 75,000 for information that could lead to his capture.

Source: Animal Político

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Colombia: International Ranking Shows Huge Corruption Problem Remains

By: Julián Villabona Galarza - Jan 25, 2017, 12:24 pm
Colombia has a huge problem with corruption, according to a recent international ranking (

Español According to the Corruption Perceptions Index prepared by the NGO Transparency International, in Latin America, Uruguay is the least corrupt country and Venezuela the most corrupt. For its part, Colombia in the measurement that shows the least corrupt to the most corrupt, took the 90th place among 176 countries that were evaluated. The list of countries shows that New Zealand and Denmark are the least corrupt, while Somalia occupies the last position. Among the Latin American countries only 2 received a "passing grade"...obtaining 50 out of 100 points, while 11 fell in the rankings when compared with last year; among them Colombia. Read More: Colombian State Oil Company to Face Corruption Charges Read More: Colombian Vice President Denies Involvement in Odebrecht Loan Uruguay was the country with the best rating in Latin America, with 71 points and ranked 21st overall. Other countries that performed well in the ranking were Chile, which ranked 24th with 66 points, Costa Rica, which ranked 41st with 58 points, Cuba in 60th place with 47 points, Brazil in 79th place with 40 points and Panama in 87th with 38 points. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); According to Alejandro Salas, director of Transparency International for the Americas, in statements made to the EFE news agency, and reported by the newspaper El Espectador, that he regrets the results for the region, and expressed disappointment that countries like Mexico and Chile have fallen, while highlighting the rise of Argentina and Brazil in the rankings. Colombia's performance is a reflection of the numerous corruption scandals that have occurred in the country, and bears resemblance to that of Mexico, where the government and justice department are severely limited in their ability to punish corruption scandals. As for Chile, Salas says that although it has been an exemplary country, its reduction in this year's rankings is due to corruption scandals related to the family of President Michelle Bachelet. Source: El Espectador

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