COMMENT: The mysterious recurring case of Mexico’s disappearing governors

Ex-Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte, left, with President Enrique Peña Nieto. (PHOTO:

Bloomberg News reports the hunt for Javier Duarte, the former governor of Veracruz state who went underground last month after being accused of looting billions in taxpayer money, is getting close to the end, according to Mexico Attorney General Raul Cervantes.

Duarte disappeared about a month ago and is now, or was recently, in Puebla state, Veracruz’s governor-elect, Miguel Angel Yunes says. For a time, Duarte was said to be hiding out on a ranch in the southern state of Chiapas. How’d he get away? He took flight, literally, in a state-owned helicopter. He got to the heliport in the trunk of a car, according to one report.

Javier Duarte
Javier Duarte. PHOTO: Marco Ugarte/AP Photo

However, it’s been a couple weeks since Cervantes said that, and in the meantime the government has had to appeal for the public’s help by posting a reward. On Sunday, the government seized bank accounts, businesses and properties belonging to the fugitive, the kind of concerted effort that hasn’t been a hallmark of justice when it comes to governors of Mexican states.

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