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Panama Detains Former Quintana Roo Governor Accused of Corruption in Mexico

LADB Article ID: 80323
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-06-21
By: Carlos Navarro

Panamanian authorities took former Quintana Roo Gov. Roberto Borge Angulo into custody in early June as he attempted to board a flight to Paris. Borge is the third governor from the governing Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) to be detained in a foreign country this year after fleeing Mexico to avoid facing charges of corruption, racketeering, and other serious offenses. Javier Duarte de Ochoa, former governor of Veracruz, was arrested in Guatemala, and Tomás Yarrington Ruvalcaba of Tamaulipas was detained in Italy in April. Alberto Elías Beltrán, deputy attorney for international affairs at the Attorney General’s Office (Procuraduría General de la República, PGR), said that international authorities had located Borge a few weeks ago, and he had been under surveillance during trips to the US, Cuba, the Bahamas, and Panama. However, officials held off on making an arrest until authorities obtained enough evidence to detain him. According to the PGR, Borge arrived in Panama on May 25. A few days later, prosecutors decided they had sufficient evidence against him, so they asked Panamanian authorities to arrest Borge. He was stopped as he prepared to board an airplane at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City.

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