Former Chiapas state Gov. Pablo Salazar Mendiguchia said Thursday that a Mexican federal judge threw out corruption charges against him and 54 other people who served in his 2000-2006 administration.

"We are completely free," he said in a statement.

Salazar Mendiguchia was arrested in June 2011 on suspicion that he and dozens of aides misappropriated 104 million pesos ($8.6 million) from the coffers of the impoverished southern state.

The former governor, who was living in the resort city of Cancun at the time of his detention, spent 15 months in several different jails before being granted house arrest in September on health grounds.

Claiming to be a political prisoner, Salazar Mendiguchia went on hunger strike after his arrest, but abandoned the fast after five days at the request of his family.

He complained throughout his detention of receiving death threats and that authorities were violating his rights.

Judicial authorities informed him on Monday that all the charges were dropped, Salazar Mendiguchia said.

Salazar Mendiguchia won the governorship of Chiapas with the support of a coalition made up of several parties, including the conservative National Action Party and the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution. EFE