PANAMA CITY – Roberto Borge, the former governor of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, will be extradited to Mexico, the Interpol office in Panama told EFE on Monday.
The Mexican politician, who served as Quintana Roo’s governor from 2011 to 2016, was detained early Monday by Panamanian police working with Interpol agents at the Panama City international airport.
“Borge is in the custody of immigration authorities at the airport” and is expected to be transferred to “the Judicial Investigation Administration (DIJ) to start the extradition process,” an Interpol official told EFE.
The 37-year-old Borge, a member of Mexico’s governing Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) who is wanted on money laundering and other charges, was staying at a Panama City hotel and planning to travel to Paris, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.
“An operation was launched and his capture was made at Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport,” the AG’s office said.
A Mexican judge issued an arrest warrant for Borge on money laundering charges on May 31.
The former governor allegedly used front men to sell state-owned land at below-market prices and was involved in the irregular acquisition of a tourism business.
Quintana Roo Gov. Carlos Joaquin said Saturday that the arrest warrant for Borge was issued following an eight-month investigation.
The PRI agreed in December to suspend Borge, a move that was likely the first step toward expelling him.