Photo: Ex-Mexico Mayor Emmanuel Nivon Gonzalez Arrested
A former mayor of Tapachula, a city in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, was arrested for allegedly harassing and running an extortion racket targeting a high-level police commander investigating him for misuse of public funds, prosecutors said.
Emmanuel Nivon Gonzalez, also a former conservative National Action Party, or PAN, gubernatorial candidate in Chiapas, was arrested early Sunday, the Chiapas Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.
Nivon Gonzalez was detained after Tapachula police chief Carlos Rosales Amaya filed a criminal complaint against him “for making death threats and attempted extortion,” the AG’s office said.
Rosales Amaya alleges that the former mayor told him “he would do him great damage” if he continued investigating the supposed sale of 70 automobiles during his 2011-2012 administration, the AG’s office said.
Nivon Gonzalez was drunk when he was arrested by municipal police at the El Jacalito bar, the establishment where he allegedly threatened the police chief, the AG’s office said.
The politician was mayor of Tapachula from January 2011 to March 2012, when he resigned to make his failed bid for the governorship of Chiapas.
Manuel Velasco, of the Green Party, was elected Chiapas’s governor in the July 1, 2012, general elections