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Durazo Mansion in Pacific Resort May Become a Museum

October 29, 1987|Associated Press

ZIHUATANEJO, Mexico — Local authorities say they will probably open a museum or a government office in the palatial resort home of Arturo Durazo, the former Mexico City police chief now on trial for extortion.

A district court judge Tuesday granted the Zihuatanejo Bay Trust possession of the "Parthenon," which sits high on a hillside overlooking the bay of this Pacific fishing village about 120 miles up the coast from Acapulco and adjacent to the Ixtapa resort area.

Federal authorities seized the ornate building and its furnishings after Durazo was extradited from the United States in July, 1984. The government has also confiscated another Durazo home outside Mexico City, which is being transformed into a "museum of corruption," as well as his collection of about 50 vintage automobiles and other expensive belongings.

As police chief during the administration of President Jose Lopez Portillo (1976-1982), Durazo was among Mexico's most powerful public figures.

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