A former Mexican governor detained in Panama pending extradition proceedings on graft charges is on a hunger strike to protest violations of his human rights, one of his lawyers said Wednesday. Roberto Borge, the 37-year-old ex-boss of Quintana Roo state, is the sixth Mexican former governor under arrest in Panama or elsewhere for alleged corruption, fraud, money-laundering or involvement in organized crime. His lawyer, Carlos Carrillo, said Borge's rights were infringed upon from Thursday of last week, when he was transferred from a prison on the banks of the Panama Canal to police headquarters in Panama City because of suspicion he was an escape risk. Last week Carrillo said his client suffered a lack of medical attention after he arrived in court with eyes affected by a possible allergic reaction. Borge also suffered a cardiac ailment, he said, and needed special care. Borge was arrested June 4 in Panama when he tried to board a flight to Paris. He stands accused in Mexico of selling state-owned real estate at one percent of its market value, as well as money laundering. He governed Quintana Roo -- the southern state that features many of Mexico's most famous Caribbean beaches, including Cancun -- from 2011 to 2016 for the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The PRI, which has governed Mexico for 76 of the past 88 years, has been mired in a series of corruption scandals involving its governors. Five of the six governors currently in jail hail from the PRI. The sixth is from the right-wing National Action Party.
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