Monday, 22 October, 2018

US Extradites Ex-President Martinelli to Face Charges in Panama - State Dept.

Former Panama president extradited from U.S. to face corruption charges Panama’s former president to be extradited home Monday: lawyer
Jeannette Daniel | 13 June, 2018, 20:42

Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S. on September 25, 2013.

"This extradition is a testament to the Department of Justice's commitment to honoring our extradition treaty obligations", Cronan said.

Martinelli appeared handcuffed in photos shared by Panama's security ministry and was transported to Renacer prison, where former strongman Manuel Noriega, who died past year, had been held.

These targets included Martinelli's political allies and opponents, their family members, his business rivals, Panamanian judges, journalists, union activists, USA diplomats, and others. Martinelli appealed the decision but was rejected by the Southern District of Florida.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement that it is up to Panamanian courts to determine Martinelli's guilt. He has denied accusations of embezzlement and illegally monitoring phone calls and other communications.

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Attorneys Marcos Daniel Jimenez of Coral Gables, David Adrian Howard of Miami, Ann Marie St. Peter-Griffith of Kasowitz Benson Torres, and John Richard Byrne and Jordi CarloSantiago Martinez-Cid of Leon Cosgrove represented Martinelli Berrocal.

Panamanian officials alleged that soon after becoming president, Martinelli Berrocal launched the National Security Council with a "special services" arm that carried out his confidential instructions.

Panama City, Jun 12 Panamanian former president Ricardo Martinelli was taken to hospital early today, one day after he was extradited from the United States to face charges of spying on journalists and opponents.

With the extradition now complete, Martinelli's case will now move forward in the Panamanian legal system.

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