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Borge lands on Mexican soil, is imprisoned and read charges

Mexico City, Mexico — Former Quintana Roo governor, Roberto Borge, was extradited to Mexico January 4 from Panama. The former state official was being held in a Panama prison since his arrest there in June.

A statement from the Mexican government says that the government of Mexico, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) and the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), reports that Roberto “N” was formally extradited to our country in order to face the various criminal proceedings that are instituted against him for his probable participation in acts indicated by the law as crimes.

He will come before the federation for money laundering, and for three local causes for the illicit use of power, embezzlement and irregular performance of the public function (as established in the legislation of the State of Quintana Roo).

The Government of Mexico is grateful to the Government of Panama for its collaboration to make effective the commitments assumed by both countries in the extradition treaty concluded in November 2004, after having carried out the actions to immediately execute the corresponding provisional arrest warrant against from the aforementioned, who was claimed on June 5, and subsequently, to process and resolve the requests that were made by our country to obtain the delivery today of who was a fugitive from the Mexican justice system.

Borge was presented before a Mexico City judge on Thursday upon is arrival at Centro de Justicia Penal Federal de Nezahualcóyotl in the state of Mexico. The judge read the charges against him via a television monitor. After the reading, Borge’s defence team, headed by lawyers Antonio Collado and Javier López García, reported that the former governor suffers from kidney damage that causes him to continuously need the bathroom.

Prosecutors from the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) argued that former governor Roberto Borge Angulo is likely responsible for the crime of operations with resources of origin illicit in the co-author mode. The former governor reserved the right to testify at the initial hearing he faces for alleged money laundering during his tenure.

Borge was sent to prison in the state of Mexico rather than the state prison in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, although he could be moved at a later time.