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Former Governor Linked to Suspicious Land Deal

July 23, 1996

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) _ Prosecutors in the opposition-controlled state of Jalisco have implicated a former ruling party governor in connection with a suspicious 1991 land sale.

The Jalisco controller’s office said there are no records that the state received about $67,000 due from the sale of a 3-acre, state-owned plot in Lagos de Moreno, about 100 miles northeast of this state capital.

A hotel was later built on the site.

A complaint filed Monday said then-Gov. Guillermo Cosio Vidaurri presumably was the seller, but it did not directly accuse the former governor, a member of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, of corruption.

Prosecutors have asked a judge to determine whether Cosio and others should face formal charges.

The controller’s office said Cosio and his secretary of government, Enrique Romero Gonzalez, ordered aides to quickly process the sale to Coco Inn Lagos de Moreno, S.A. de C.V.

Arturo Altamirano Shehab, general administrator for the hotel company, said he could not find any documents to prove that payment had been made.

Jalisco last year became only the fourth Mexican state in modern times to be governed by an opposition force, the National Action Party.

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