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While two judges found Tuesday there was not probable cause to bind over Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon in two criminal cases, a judge did find cause to bind over a former Chiapas state governor in a corruption case.
Pablo Salazar Mendiguchía, 56, is currently being held without bail in El Amate prison in Cintalapa de Figueroa, Chiapas, on charges of embezzlement of 104 million pesos (U.S. $8.75 million), among other things. He was detained June 7 in the Quintana Roo international airport.
Columnist Rafael Loret de Mola said the two high-profile cases ranged from the ridiculos (Hank) to judicial rigor (Salazar). Loret de Mola's column
Salazar also is being investigated for alleged embezzlement of federal funds meant to be spent on reconstruction aid following Hurricane Stan in October 2005.
He served as a federal senator for the Institutional Revolutionary Party beginning in 1994, but decided to leave the PRI in 1999. He then defeated the PRI candidate for governor representing the eight-party coalition Alliance for Chiapas in 2000. The coalition included the National Action Party and the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD). He served until 2006. A native of Soyaló, Chiapas, he got a law degree from the Autonomous University of Puebla.
He has blamed current Gov. Juan José Sabines Guerrero for his problems. Sabines, a former Tuxtla Gutiérrez mayor and son of former PRI Gov. Juan Sabines Gutiérrez, was a member of the PRI until 2006, when he was rejected for the PRI gubernatorial nomination. Sabines Guerrero then became a candidate of the Coalition for the Good of All, made up of the PRD, Workers Party and Convergence.