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Ex-governor back in Mexico to deal with corruption allegations

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Mexico City, Jun 12 (EFE).- Andres Granier, the former governor of Tabasco state, is back in Mexico and vowing to clear his name in the wake of corruption allegations.

"I am keeping my word of honor ... I said I was coming back and I am here to make the required clarifications. I have no reason to run," Granier told reporters.

The former governor flew to Mexico City from Miami on Tuesday.

Granier told the jostling mob of reporters that pursued him through the Mexico City airport terminal that he suffered from "a serious cardiac problem."

The former governor's attorneys surrounded him and tried keep reporters back.

Granier had a fainting spell as he got into a car in front of the terminal, media reports said.

Granier said in a television interview Monday in the United States that he did not break the law and planned to return to Mexico to clear his name in the courts.

"I want to repeat and make it very clear that I am innocent and I am going to show it," Granier said on Televisa's Primero Noticias show.

The politician, who stands accused of illicit enrichment, had been living in the United States for the past few months due to health problems.

His successor, Arturo Nuñez, said on Feb. 22 that an audit of the Granier administration found 1.91 billion pesos ($152 million) was missing.

The former governor told Televisa he was in the United States for health reasons and not to avoid Mexican prosecutors, who ordered him to answer questions on May 30 about alleged misuse of public funds during his 2007-2012 term.

Granier, however, failed to show up for the meeting with investigators.

The federal Finance Secretariat and Attorney General's Office are also investigating the allegations of corruption in Tabasco.

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