Panama prepares to extradite former Mexican governor

Panama is preparing to extradite former Mexican governor of Quintana Roo Roberto Borge to Mexico, after it approved a request for his extradition on 15 December. Mexico accuses Mr Borge of corruption, money laundering, and fraud, including the sale of state-owned land at a fraction of its value. Mr Borge was arrested on 4 June 2017, and has since unsuccessfully taken a challenge against his extradition to Panama’s Supreme Court.

Panama approves extradition of former Mexican governor Roberto Borge

Panama has approved the extradition of Roberto Borge to Mexico, where he was formerly governor of the state Quintana Roo and is accused of several offences including corruption and involvement in organised crime. Among other things, he is said to have sold state-owned properties at 1% of their value.

Mr Borge was first arrested in June when he tried to board a flight from Panama to Paris, and lost his final appeal against extradition in Panama’s Supreme Court on 11 December.