• Former Panamanian president arrested in Miami


    MIAMI: Former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli – accused by his country of corruption and spying on political opponents – was arrested at his residence near Miami late on Monday, local media reported. Martinelli, detained at his home in Coral Gables south of Miami, is being held in federal prison and faces extradition to Panama, the Miami Herald quoted the US Marshals Service as saying. Martinelli will appear in federal court Tuesday morning, the newspaper said. Panama’s Supreme Court ordered his arrest in 2015 over accusations that he used public funds to illegally spy on telephone calls and emails of more than 150 prominent opponents. Martinelli denies the accusations, saying they are politically motivated. A supermarket tycoon, he governed from 2009 to 2014. Panama made a request for his extradition last year.



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