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Martinelli is counting the days and hours to return"motu proprio" to Panama

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  • Fri, 03/09/2018 - 16:37
Ricardo Martinelli
  • EFE

Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, still detained in the United States while awaiting a decision on his extradition request to Panama for the case of illegal wiretapping, said he wants to return to his country in "motu proprio" and under the “exclusivity” principle, that is, that he wants to be tried just for this case.

The former president expressed it in a letter he published today on Twitter, in which he explains the conditions of his detention in a federal jail in Miami (USA), where he has been since June 12 and where, according to him, "food is always the same", although "there are people who cook and serve coffee (...) including masseurs". "That's why I am counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds, I can’t see the moment not only to leave this earthly hell, but to go to my country to face the Minotaur who persecutes me politically in a case without evidence, and, a great media attention from my enemies and from those who wish to divert attention from other big problems," said Martinelli

"Get ready, my friends and detractors, I want to go (to Panama) in 'motu proprio' under the exclusivity principle, according to the extradition treaty," said the former president (2009-2014) and current Deputy of the Central American Parliament (Parlacen).

Martinelli is claimed by the Supreme Court of Panama for crimes related to a network of illegal wiretapping that operated during his administration, one of several criminal cases against him processed by that instance, the only court that can try him since he is a Central American MP.

His defense is legally fighting in the United States against extradition, which has already received the approval of two American judges and must be decided by the State Department.

Martinelli said that he is a "political persecuted" of his successor and former electoral ally, Juan Carlos Varela, of whom he was his vice president and denies that accusation.

After complaining that in jail "medicines were not allowed, but generic, cheap medicines, that have no effect whatsoever," and that "food is horrible and is generally overdue," the former president confessed that he has "decided to bite the bullet and what used to bother me now pleases me".

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