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  • Borge was attempting to board a flight to France when he was apprehended and held in La Chirola prison in June.

    Borge was attempting to board a flight to France when he was apprehended and held in La Chirola prison in June. | Photo: Reuters

Published 4 January 2018
Opinion

The former official served 214 days in prison during which time his attorneys attempted to evade the extradition process.

Mexican Politician Roberto Borge Angulo arrived in the country today from Panama after being extradited by authorities to face charges of money laundering, illicit use of power, embezzlement, and misconduct.

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The 38-year-old ex-governor left Panama’s Tocumen International Airport at 10 a.m. this morning and was transferred into the custody of Mexican federal agents from the National Aeronaval Service where he had been held since last June.

The former official of Quintana Roo and Institutional Revolutionary Party member had traveled in and out of Panama for three months, allegedly residing in a Trump Hotel before his arrest on June 4, 2017.

Borge was attempting to board a flight to France when he was apprehended and held in La Chirola prison before being transferred to medium security El Renacer following a failed escape attempt.

The defendant has served a total of 214 days in prison during which time his attorneys attempted to evade the extradition process without avail, El Universal reports.

The decision was finally signed by Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela in December after the Supreme Court ruled the defense teams plea inadmissible. Among the other charges, Borge is also being investigated for allegedly operating a total of 25 illicitly acquired properties with a market value US$273 million.

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