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Panama ex-president should be extradited, rules US judge

Friday, September 1, 2017


A federal judge in Miami on Thursday said former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli should be extradited to his homeland to face charges he illegally orchestrated a campaign funded by public money to spy on political rivals there.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres said Panama had established probable cause for all charges it brought against Martinelli, and that a show of "good faith" to its government required his surrender.

"There are reasonable grounds to suppose him guilty of all or some of the offenses charged," Torres wrote in a 93-page decision.

Source: US News