Friday, January 5, 2018

Judge issues indictment of Roberto Borge and orders pretrial detention

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Proceso
                     Roberto Borge en el Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen. Foto: Xinhua / Mauricio Valenzuela
MEXICO CITY (APR) .- The former governor of Quintana Roo, Roberto Borge, was indicted because of his probable participation as a "co-author of operations with illicit proceeds in the form of concealment of property resulting from an illegal activity" .

The Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) charges him with embezzlement to the treasury for more than 900 million pesos.

After filing charges, as a precautionary measure, the PGR requested preventive detention justified by flight risk, which was granted by the controlling judge taking into consideration the request of the former governor's defense concerning his state of health: depression and kidney problems.

Borge will be sent to the Federal Center for Psychosocial Rehabilitation number 16, in the state of Morelos, where he will be transferred today.

Judge Artemio Zúñiga, from the Federal Criminal Justice Center in the State of Mexico based in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, began the trial against the former governor and granted six months for the supplementary investigation.

Prosecutors of the PGR assure that Borge devised, structured and executed a strategy to acquire and dispose of Quintana Roo properties at much lower prices than their real value.

For this, according to the accusations, he counted on the collaboration of public servants, friends and even his mother María Rosa Yolanda Angulo Castilla.

During the hearing, which lasted for about 14 hours, Borge’s defense who was identified as Roberto “N”, observed that, of the 86 trial data presented by the PGR, they only refer to the existence of the pieces of land, a commission of conduct probably constituting a crime on the part of third parties, but not to acts directly committed by the former official.

In this regard, the PGR noted that, according to the criminal prosecution process, they only provided for minimum criteria of evidence which will be strengthened as the stages of the procedure advance during the initial hearing.

Borge Angulo was extradited last Thursday after being held for 213 days in Panama, where he was arrested.