Mexico’s PRI repudiates pol linked by U.S. to cartel
May 25th 2012 · 1 Comment
Mexico’s PRI, poised to retake the presidency this year after more than a decade in opposition, sought on Wednesday to distance itself from a prominent party member accused by U.S. authorities of taking bribes from drug cartels.
Tomas Yarrington, who governed the border state of Tamaulipas from 1999-2004, “should face his individual responsibility before the courts,” the Institutional Revolutionary Party said in a statement.
Steps are being taken to suspend Yarrington from the party, the statement added.
The party spoke out a day after U.S. federal prosecutors filed forfeiture cases involving two properties in Texas they say were purchased by Yarrington using funds he received from drug traffickers.
A version of this column originally appeared in mexicoinstitute.wordpress.com.
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