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Borge lawyer claims torture, inhuman treatment in Panama prison

Mexico City, Mexico — Former governor of Quintana Roo, Roberto Borge, denounces being a victim of torture and inhuman treatment with those who seek to force him to relinquish his right to defense in Panama, where he remains in prison.

Borge’s defense lawyer, Sidney Sittón, says he has never seen such humiliating treatment of a person saying that these actions are intended to push Borge to make a decision to waive his right to defense.

Defence lawyer Sydney Sittón has mentioned that his client Roberto Borge suffers from torture and inhuman treatment where he remains in a Panama prison.

“The only justification I can find to this is to push him to make the decision to waive his right of defense and take the plane to Mexico,” said Sittón.

When asked what he meant by humiliating treatment, Sittón explained that the governor is in a cell that is too small and handcuffed to the inside of his cell.

“Faced with the constant complaints we have made, (…) yesterday Roberto told me that the handcuffs were removed from the hands inside what I call a cage, because it is literally a cage for an animal,” said the lawyer.

According to the attorney, Borge is “like a caged macaw”.

On September 18, the Government of Panama granted the extradition of Roberto Borge Angulo to Mexico for the various federal crimes that he has been accused of including illegal enrichment and money laundering.

This is not the first time that Borge’s defense alleges ill-treatment of his client. At the beginning of October, they announced Borge had declared a hunger strike. Since being incarcerated, he has also filed law suits against the Panamanian government and filed a human rights complaint in an American court.

Borge, who was governor of Quintana Roo between 2011 and 2016, was arrested in early June at Panama’s Tocumen International Airport as he prepared to take a flight to Paris.

Roberto Borge is accused of being involved in the sale of land in the state of Quintana Roo through several lenders at prices considerably lower than market prices, as well as the irregular acquisition of a tourist boat company.