Panamanian ex-president Martinelli returns to prison after hypertensive crisis

Former President of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, returned to prison Thursday after being hospitalized for suffering a hypertensive crisis on the same day he was extradited from the United States to face justice in his country on charges of espionage.

The ex-governor was detained last Monday at the public hospital Santo Tomas, and returned to prison after forensic doctors of the prosecution estimated that “the current clinical condition of Mr. Ricardo Martinelli is stable.”

Martinelli was extradited Monday from the United States, where he spent a year in detention, to face charges in Panama for allegedly spying on about 150 opponents of his government (2009-2014).

That same day, after several hours in jail, the exmandatario said he felt bad during a hearing. Shortly after, he was transferred to the hospital with hypertension and arrhythmia problems.

The Supreme Court of Justice of Panama, in charge of the process as a deputy of the Central American Parliament, also investigates Martinelli for another twenty cases of corruption.


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