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He was accused of stealing millions and implicated in a deadly disaster. Now he's a Mexican senator

MEXICO CITY - In 2006, a methane explosion tore through the Pasta de Conchos coal mine in northern Mexico, killing 65 men toiling underground.

Some relatives members of the victims blamed the disaster partly on Napoleon Gomez Urrutia, the leader of the country's largest miners union, which less than two weeks before the accident had signed off on a government report that deemed the mine safe.

That same year, Gomez was accused by federal officials of pocketing tens of millions of dollars from a workers trust fund. He fled to Canada with his

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