Panama extradites Mexican ex-governor accused of corruption


-daily mail

AP: Panama has extradited a fugitive Mexican ex-governor wanted on corruption charges after holding him in custody for more than six months.

Mexican authorities were accompanying former Quintana Roo state Gov. Roberto Borge on his return to Mexico.

Panama’s foreign ministry confirmed the extradition Thursday.

For months, Borge’s legal team had unsuccessfully fought extradition.

The Panamanian government confirmed the extradition in mid-December.

Borge was expected to arrive in Mexico City later Thursday. He served as governor from 2011 to 2016 of the Caribbean state.

Prosecutors seized 25 state properties worth hundreds of millions of dollars that were allegedly sold to private parties at a fraction of their value during Borge’s time in office.

Borge is the third ex-governor from President Enrique Pena Nieto’s governing party to face corruption allegations. -AP