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Panama issues arrest warrant for former president

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<p>The Supreme Court of Panama issued on Monday a warrant for the arrest of former president Ricardo Martinelli. He was prosecuted for espionage and currently a lives abroad.</p> <p>The former president is accused of illegally monitoring communications of over 150 people, including businessmen, journalists, leaders of civil society and members of the opposition.</p> <p>Martinelli responded on Tuesday on his twitter account calling this judicial decision “the first round of a political trial.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="es" dir="ltr">Round 1 de juicio politico: sin estar en expediente, sin imputaciòn, sin debida notificaciòn y sin condena se ordena detencion provisional.</p>— Ricardo Martinelli (@rmartinelli) <a href="https://twitter.com/rmartinelli/status/679163899942408192">December 22, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>President from 2009 to 2014, the former leader who left Panama earlier this year to the United States believes that these lawsuits are unfounded. </p> <p>Clearly, the former head of state claims that in the Constitution of his country “there is no wiretapping law.”</p> <p>The 63 years old businessman is also subjected to another investigation for overpricing a $45 million contract as part of a national programme to fight poverty.</p>
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