“If we caught ‘El Chapo’, we can catch Duarte,” said Mexican Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong this week of the latest high-profile Mexican to go on the run, reports the BBC.
Javier Duarte de Ochoa was, until 12 October, the governor of the Mexican oil-rich state of Veracruz.
He stood down to face corruption charges but a week later he had given the authorities the slip.
Nobody is quite sure where he is.
His escape may not be quite on the scale of the getaway of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman last year, but nevertheless, the Mexican government risks looking red-faced again.
It is like a scene out of a comical Cops and Robbers film.
Only there is nothing funny about Javier Duarte and the inability of the Mexican authorities to keep tabs on him is more worrying than amusing.
Javier Duarte became governor of Veracruz in 2010 and was quickly embroiled in corruption allegations.
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