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PRI party distances itself from Tomas Yarrington

Tomas Yarrington // File Photo

Mexico's former ruling party says it won't defend a former governor accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from drug cartels.

The campaign chief of the Institutional Revolutionary Party says it condemns the corruption attributed to the former governor of the border state of Tamaulipas, Tomas Yarrington.

Yarrington belongs to the party, known as the PRI.

PRI campaign chief Luis Videgaray told local media Wednesday that Yarrington should appear before courts to answer the allegations.

Yarrington served from 1999 to 2004. His state was home to the feared Gulf cartel.

He has not been charged with any crime, but U.S. federal prosecutors filed two civil forfeiture cases Tuesday seeking to seize more than $7 million in properties Yarrington or his associates bought in Texas.

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