Ex-Mexican governor arrested in embezzlement case

June 7, 2011 - 11:58 PM

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (AP) — Mexican police arrested a former governor Tuesday night on suspicion that he embezzled more than $9 million (about 100 million pesos) in federal relief funds meant to rebuild hurricane disaster zones.

Prosecutors in the southern state of Chiapas said former Gov. Pablo Salazar was detained in the Yucatan resort of Cancun. He was waiting to be flown to the Chiapas state capital, they said.

Authorities initially said Salazar was charged with stealing $90 million (1 billion pesos), but later revised the number downward.

Salazar, 56, governed Chiapas between 2000 and 2006 as a coalition politician, and officials charged Tuesday that he used federal hurricane relief money to enrich himself.

Hurricane Stan struck coastal towns in October 2005, killing 71 people in Chiapas and damaging hundreds of homes in 40 villages.