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Borge spent months hiding, now extradition is in order

Cancun, Q.R. — Before being detained at a luxury hotel in Panama, the former governor of Quintana Roo traveled to Miami, the United States, Barcelona, Spain, the Bahamas and Cuba, said Alonso Israel Lira, the Specialized Investigation Sub-Prosecutor for Organized Crime (SEIDO).

The official of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) explained that the capture of Borge Angulo, who is accused of money laundering, was the product of the intelligence work carried out jointly by Interpol Mexico and the police authorities of Panama.

Under the new protocols imposed by the accusatory criminal justice system, Roberto Borge will be treated as a probable participant in an act constituting a crime in order not to affect his right to presumption of innocence.

Israel Lira affirmed that the capture occurred when the former governor of Quintana Roo intended to board a flight to Paris, France, where he would presumably continue to hide from authorities.

“It is relevant to point out that the work of Mexico and Panama revealed that the person sought was moving on different dates in several cities and countries such as Miami, Florida, the Bahamas, Cuba, Barcelona and Panama,” explained Israel Lira during a conference.

The member of SEIDO detailed that the capture was made in compliance with an arrest warrant issued May 31 by a Specialized Control Judge in the New Accusatory Justice System based in Netzahualcóyotl, State of Mexico, derived from an imputation that Borge Angulo faces for the crime of Operations with Resources of Illegal Origin.

Mexican authorities have made an extradition request for Roberto Borge Angulo. The extraction process could take anywhere from 24 hours to 60 days depending on how he entered Panama. If it’s found he entered Panama with false documents, his deportation can be carried out at any time since no request from the Mexican authorities is required. However, if Borge Angulo entered with legal documents, his delivery will be made through extradition, which must be requested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through documents that prove the reason or reasons for to be tried in Mexico.