Photo: Sara Luz Herrera Cano (Yahir Ceballos)
Sara Luz Herrera Cano, erstwhile mayor of the eastern Mexican city of Alvarado, was arrested on charges she masterminded the killing of her top aide, the Veracruz state Attorney General’s Office said.
Herrera Cano was taken into custody on Thursday, two days after her immunity from prosecution expired with the end of her mayoral term, Attorney General Amadeo Flores Espinosa said in a statement.
Prosecutors say Herrera Cano was behind the murder of her private secretary, Michel Martinez Corro, who went missing in late July 2012 and was found dead in Alvarado on Aug. 4 of the same year.
On Oct. 24, 2013, the AG’s office asked the Veracruz state legislature to revoke Herrera Cano’s immunity revoked, but lawmakers had yet to reach a decision by the end of the mayor’s term.
Herrera Cano is a member of Mexico’s governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.