Cancun, Q.R. — Roberto Borge has been moved to a different prison after officials declared him a flight risk.
The move came yesterday after Panama City prison officials moved the ex-governor, his lawyers confirmed. Borge, who has been accused of state-level corruption, was being held at El Renacer where ex-dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega is also jailed.
In that prison are also several other senior government officials of former President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) who have also been accused of corruption.
The former governor of Quintana Roo was transferred to National Police headquarters in the Panamanian capital, according to Carlos Carrillo, one of Borge’s lawyers. The transfer request took place Thursday during a hearing in the Court of Appeals, where Borge was heavily guarded by hooded police carrying automatic weapons.
Prosecutor Jose Antonio Candanedo requested his transfer arguing that the Panamanian Foreign Ministry, on the basis of intelligence reports, feared that he would escape custody.
“There is a risk of Mr. Borge escaping,” said Candanedo without further details.
On August 30, the government of Panama issued an escape alert against Roberto Borge Angulo for requesting a medical review whereby he attempted to move from the assigned public hospital to a private medical facility. The Panamanian government interpreted his actions as an attempted evasion.