Mexican prosecutors arrest relatives, officials of former governor in corruption probe

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MEXICO CITY — Mexican federal prosecutors on Tuesday announced the arrest of the brother of former Guerrero state Gov. Angel Aguirre in a corruption case.

Carlos Aguirre and at least five former state officials or relatives of Aguirre are accused of misappropriating 287 million pesos ($19 million) from government agencies, apparently as kickbacks from construction contracts.

The suspects are being held on money-laundering charges, for allegedly diverting government funds into private bank accounts between 2012 and 2014.

Aguirre took a leave of absence Oct. 23, nearly a month after 43 college students were kidnapped by local police in the city of Iguala, Guerrero. Federal prosecutors allege the police turned the 43 men over to a drug gang that killed them and incinerated their bodies.

Aguirre was quickly painted as tolerating a level of corruption in his state that allowed the disappearances.

The former Iguala mayor, Jose Luis Abarca, and his wife have been arrested and allegedly had ties to the drug gang.

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