Panama ex-president found not guilty of political espionage
PANAMA CITY (AP) — A Panamanian court has cleared former President Ricardo Martinelli of political espionage during his administration and ordered him released from house arrest, though the judges...
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former President Ricardo Martinelli was released to house arrest Wednesday from jail, where he had been held since his extradition from the United States on accusations of...
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama's Electoral Court has declared opposition candidate Laurentino Cortizo the winner of the country's presidential elections.
Panama: Jailed ex-president barred from May elections
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama's electoral court has ruled that jailed ex-President Ricardo Martinelli may not participate in May general elections.
Trial ordered for Panama ex-president over alleged spying
PANAMA CITY (AP) — A judge in Panama has ordered former President Ricardo Martinelli to stand trial on charges of political espionage.
Monday's ruling means Martinelli will be prosecuted for allegedly ordering that the communications of at least 150 people be intercepted and spending millions of dollars on spy equipment. He is also charged with embezzlement because the purchases were allegedly for "personal benefit."
2 sons of former Panama president detained in US
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Officials confirmed Wednesday that two sons of former President Ricardo Martinelli have been detained in the United States.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that Ricardo Martinelli Linares and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares had been detained in a raid in the Coral Gables neighborhood of Miami on Tuesday and were being held pending deportation proceedings.
Judge to decide on espionage trial for Panama ex-leader
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli has made a noisy court appearance ahead of a ruling on whether he should stand trial for alleged political espionage.
The 66-year-old ex-leader raised his handcuffed hands above his head and shouted at reporters, saying "I'm innocent!" He accused Judge Geronimo Mejia of wanting to prosecute him to win a Supreme Court seat from current President Carlos Varela.
Mejia said the hearing could take time and asked for patience.
PANAMA CITY (AP) — The family and lawyers for former Panama President Ricardo Martinelli called again on Tuesday for his release from jail after he was hospitalized for a second time since his extradition from the United States last month.
A judge suspended a hearing Tuesday at which Martinelli was supposed to appear.
Panama ex-president Martinelli returned to jail
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli has been returned to jail after a three-day hospitalization following his extradition from the United States.
Martinelli lawyer Carlos Carrillo complained to reporters Thursday outside the jail where Martinelli was held that he had not been allowed to speak with his client.
Doctors who evaluated the 66-year-old Martinelli have said he was suffering from hypertension, but was stable.
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panamanian ex-President Ricardo Martinelli is being treated at a hospital a day after he was extradited from the United States to face political espionage and embezzlement charges.
Panama's Santo Tomas hospital reports that Martinelli is in intensive care and in "stable" condition Tuesday.
The previous day, a judge ordered that medical experts examine him to determine the severity of his health problems.
US extradites Panama ex-President Martinelli
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli returned home Monday to face political espionage and embezzlement charges after being extradited from the United States.
The Foreign Ministry said U.S. officials turned Martinelli over at Panama City's international airport after a plane carrying him from Miami landed.
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. government has agreed to extradite former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli to his home country to face political espionage and embezzlement charges.
Martinelli's attorney said Friday she was informed a day earlier about the State Department's decision. Lawyer Inna Shapovalov said in an email it wasn't clear when Martinelli would go back.
MIAMI (AP) — Former Panama president Ricardo Martinelli has dropped his legal battle against extradition from the U.S. to his home country to face political espionage and embezzlement charges.
Martinelli had been appealing a Miami judge's order requiring that he be sent back to Panama. Court documents filed Thursday show that Martinelli's lawyers want that appeal dismissed at the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The State Department makes the ultimate decision on extradition.
PANAMA CITY (AP) — A spokesman for former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli says the ex-leader is dropping his legal efforts to fight extradition from the United States to Panama.
Luis Eduardo Camacho confirms that Martinelli shared his decision through a handwritten note from jail in Miami.
Panamanian authorities want to prosecute the 66-year-old Martinelli for embezzlement and espionage he allegedly carried out against his political opponents during his 2009 to 2014 term in office.
Ex-Panama president gets $1M bail in US but release on hold
MIAMI (AP) — A Miami federal judge agreed to release former Panama president Ricardo Martinelli on $1 million bail as he fights extradition to his home country, but immediately put a hold on her decision.
U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke on Wednesday granted a request by the Justice Department to stay her ruling granting bail while prosecutors appeal. They contend Martinelli is too great a flight risk to release from custody.
US judge backs extradition of ex-Panama president Martinelli
MIAMI (AP) — A Miami federal judge on Tuesday upheld the extradition request for former Panama president Ricardo Martinelli to face political espionage and embezzlement charges in his home country.
U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke ruled Tuesday at a hearing that a previous federal judge was correct that Panama's extradition request is valid. But Cooke also stayed her decision until Feb. 6 to give Martinelli's lawyers time to file notice of an appeal.
Anticorruption protest in Panama draws thousands
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Thousands of people have turned out in Panama City to protest corruption on the anniversary of a 1964 demonstration that sparked the movement for wresting control of the Panama Canal from the United States.
Protester Maria Rodriguez held up a banner reading "Enough of Corruption Already."
Rodriguez said, "Before we were oppressed by the Yankees, now it's by our own governments."
Panama: Ex-president’s sons got $50M in ‘undue payments’
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Two sons of former President Ricardo Martinelli are suspected of receiving more than $50 million in "undue payments" from a Brazilian construction giant at the center of an international bribe scandal, Panamanian prosecutors said Thursday.
The Attorney General's Office alleged in a statement that there were several multimillion-dollar transfers to Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enriquez Martinelli through accounts in Panama and abroad in 2010-2014.
Judge: Panama ex-president should be extradited from US
MIAMI (AP) — A former president of Panama should be extradited from the U.S. to face political espionage and embezzlement charges in his home country, a Miami federal judge ruled Thursday.
The 93-page ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres now goes to the State Department, which will ultimately decide if ex-President Ricardo Martinelli must return to Panama. The department has argued in court papers that it supports Martinelli's extradition.
Decision Aug. 31 on US extradition of Panama ex-president
MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge said Wednesday he will decide Aug. 31 whether a former president of Panama should be extradited from the U.S. to his home country to face political espionage charges that he calls a vendetta by opponents.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres made the announcement at a hearing Wednesday for Ricardo Martinelli, Panama's president from 2009-2014.
MIAMI (AP) — The United States cannot legally return a former Panamanian president to face political espionage charges in Panama, his lawyers argued Thursday, pointing in federal court to what they call flimsy evidence and flaws in an extradition treaty.
Brazilian firm Odebrecht to pay Panama $220 million fine
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Brazilian construction company Odebrecht has agreed to pay Panama a $220 million fine and provide information about Panamanians who received bribes, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Chief prosecutor Kenia Porcell said the payment is part of a deal reached July 26.
Porcell said 24 Panamanians and 13 Brazilians may face charges.
MIAMI (AP) — A U.S. federal judge in Florida has denied bond for a former Panamanian president who is fighting efforts to send him back to his home country to face political espionage charges.
U.S. Magistrate Edwin Torres made his ruling Friday. The order points out that Ricardo Martinelli's significant wealth and foreign connections make him a serious flight risk.
Martinelli was arrested in Miami last month on an extradition warrant from Panama. A final extradition hearing is set for July 25.
MIAMI (AP) — A former president of Panama sought without success Tuesday to be released from custody as he fights an effort to send him from the U.S. back to his homeland to face charges in a case of political espionage.
MIAMI (AP) — U.S. authorities arrested former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli Monday in Florida on an extradition warrant from his country, where he is accused of political espionage and corruption.
U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Manny Puri says Martinelli was in custody at a federal detention center in Miami. The former president was arrested near his home in Coral Gables, Florida.
Martinelli is expected to appear before a judge for an extradition hearing.
Panama seeks arrest of 2 sons of ex-president in graft case
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Panama are seeking international help in detaining two sons of former President Ricardo Martinelli in relation to an alleged scheme to launder bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.
The Associated Press obtained on Monday a copy of a request filed by anti-corruption prosecutor Tania Sterling asking for an Interpol red alert against Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli.
Panama asks US to extradite ex-leader Martinelli
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama has formally asked the United States to extradite former President Ricardo Martinelli in connection with a phone-tapping controversy, the country's foreign ministry said Tuesday.
The case involves allegations that the phones of dozens of business, opposition and labor leaders were tapped by Martinelli's 2009-2014 government.
The foreign ministry said the extradition request was made through its embassy in Washington late Monday.