Roberto Borge back in Mexico and imprisoned

Mexican prosecutors accuse Borge of using funds obtained illegally, embezzlement, and abuse of public office, yet he denied the allegations
Roberto Borge, former governor of Quintana Roo of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), is escorted by security forces – Photo: Germán Espinosa/EL UNIVERSAL
06/01/2018
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On Thursday, a former state governor for Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) was extradited from Panama to Mexico, Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office and Mexico's Foreign Minister said in a statement.

Roberto Borge Angulo, who governed Quintana Roo from 2010 to 2016, was taken under strict security from the offices of Panama’s national police to an air force base, where he boarded a Mexican plane to be flown back to Mexico City.

Mexican prosecutors accuse Borge of using funds obtained illegally, embezzlement, and abuse of public office. Borge has denied the allegations.

Borge was arrested in Panama City in June as he was preparing to board a flight to Paris.

Carlos Carrillo, Borge's lawyer, told EL UNIVERSAL that Borge was a victim of abuse in the last hours prior to his extradition and that he will proceed against Panama in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Later that day, Borge arrived in Mexico and he was presented before a judge in Mexico City upon his arrival at the Federal Criminal Justice Center, in Nezahualcóyotl, State of Mexico where Borge’s lawyers reported that the former governor suffers from kidney damage and depression.

On Friday, Borge finally arrived at the Center for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (CEFEREPSI) at 5:22 pm, after the judge send Borge to the Federal Center for Social Readaptation 16 "CPS Femenil Morelos", a female penitentiary, by an alleged "mistake."

According to the Mexican Office of the Attorney General, Borge allegedly facilitated the acquisition and alienation of 22 plots belonging to the state of Quintana Roo in auction price for his relatives causing a MXN$ 900 million embezzlement per year.

For the PRI, the extradition is the latest reminder of corruption scandals as the party tries to rehabilitate its image ahead of a presidential election in July.

The PRI, which is trying to keep hold of power as President Enrique Peña Nieto’s term ends, has faced a spate of graft allegations, and four of its former governors were arrested on such charges last year in various countries, including Borge.

Last month, Mexican authorities arrested Alejandro Gutierrez, a former high-ranking PRI official, in a corruption investigation in the northern state of Chihuahua.

Borge became the second politician extradited to Mexico from Central America in the last five and a half months. On July 17, 2017, after being arrested on April 15 in the Guatemalan northwest for alleged federal and state crimes, Javier Duarte de Ochoa, former governor of Veracruz from 2010 to 2016, was extradited from Guatemala to Mexico.

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