The defense of former President Ricardo Martinelli, arrested in the framework of an investigation for alleged illegal wiretapping during his term in office, today requested the plenary session of the Panamanian Supreme Court (CSJ) to hold a hearing "as soon as possible" to discuss the change of his preventive detention for other precautionary measures.
Sidney Sitton, Martinelli's defence attorney, told EFE that the request submitted to the plenary of the CSJ calls for "orally debating the review of personal precautionary measures other than preventive detention" ordered the former head of State.
In the document, which EFE had access to, attourney Sittón states that "because it concerns freedom and the exceptional nature of preventive detention, the hearing is held as soon as possible."
Sitton told EFE that he estimates that this hearing could take place next week.
Martinelli (2009-2014) was placed in El Renacer prison on June 11, the day he was handed over to Panama by the United States authorities, where he was imprisoned for one year because of the extradition request because of the illegal wiretapping.
The former president, 66, claims to be innocent and a victim of political persecution of the current president of Panama and who was his vice president and chancellor, Juan Carlos Varela, who denies and defends the separation of powers in the country.
On October 7, the intermediate or accusatory stage in the case culminated in the alleged illegal wiretapping of Martinelli, and now the judge must decide whether or not to admit the evidence presented by the parties.
This intermediate stage hearing or accusation began on June 25 and now Judge Jerónimo Mejía, "calmly, prudently, without haste, but without pause", as he himself said, will analyze the arguments of the Prosecutor's Office, represented by magistrate Harry Díaz, and the former president's defense team, to decide whether or not there will be a trial.
Díaz asks for 21 years in prison for Martinelli, whom he accuses of 4 criminal types for the interception of telecommunications to dozens of politicians, businessmen and journalist, among others, in the period between 2012 and 2014.