After being admitted on Monday to the Santo Tomás Hospital in Panama city , the former president Ricardo Martinelli was returned to his cell in El Renacer prison, after being taken out of the hospital through the back door, said the spokesman of the former president and former Minister of Communication of his Government, Luis Eduardo Camacho to EFE.
The news came as a surprise for Camacho, who, according to himself, he met with the medical staff of the institution on Tuesday morning and gave him no warning for discharge the former president, and still a medical evaluation was pending to determine if surgery was necessary.
Camacho assumes that the medical exam took place already to discharge him, "there must have a medical report", however, he does not know if this process was carried out in the proper manner.
Between Monday and Tuesday, Camacho said that Martinelli was "under observation because their concern that he had a stroke because he had difficulty speaking, and he is being observed because of the coronary issue."
Vocero del expresidente Ricardo Martinelli, Luis Eduardo Camacho explica que permanece en el área de intensivo y que él coordinará visita de sacerdote que se ha solicitado. Será evaluado para saber si necesita cirugía. #NoticiasTVN pic.twitter.com/b2lYiR2oiG— TVN Noticias (@tvnnoticias) 6 de noviembre de 2018
In the hours of Monday afternoon, the former president presented a hypertensive crisis that included vomiting, chest and arm pain, as well as speech difficulties, which made presume the possible stroke that would respond to the ailments and chronic conditions that Martinelli has been presenting.
This morning, Camacho expressed that there was no more information and it was necessary to wait for the medical group in charge of the case. However, the situation seemed disturbing at the request of a priest to visit the politician in his room.
Martinelli's spokesman took advantage of the appearance of the media to call the militants of his party to close ranks around the former president, as well as show all their support.
Bien. A cerrar filas. pic.twitter.com/Sk2TdSneiD— Luis Eduardo Camacho (@camachocastro) 6 de noviembre de 2018
At approximately 10 am, Luis Eduardo Camacho said via twitter that he had talked with the medical team to coordinate the priest's visit, however, minutes later he was informed in a surprising way that Martinelli had been discharged and taken to El Renacer.
Hace unos 45 minutos conversé con el médico que atendía al ex presidente Martinelli, para coordinar la visita del sacerdote. Me informo que ellos podían coordinar visita del que atiende el hospital y así lo informe a los medios. Ahora me indican que fue trasladado al Renacer. pic.twitter.com/tuoERCA5pS— Luis Eduardo Camacho (@camachocastro) 6 de noviembre de 2018
With 66 years of age, the former head of government has suffered this symptoms before, on June 11 of this year, when he was extradited to Panama by the United States he was hospitalized for three days.
Martinelli says he is innocent and victim of Juan Carlos Varela political persecutio , who was his vice president and he denies Martinelli´s claim stating that he respects the separation of powers.
In an internal election last September, Martinelli was chosen candidate for deputy by the opposition Democratic Change (CD), the party he founded and led for two decades until January, until recent internal elections he was dethroned from the presidency of the organization by his ex chancellor Rómulo Roux.
Martinelli's health condition has been advocated by his legal team to request three times the change of precautionary measure from pretrial detention to a less severe one. The magistrates of the Supreme Court have rejected these requests, arguing that the ailments suffered by the former president are controllable, with adequate medication, in the environment of the minimum security prison in which he is.
The Judicial Body reported that next Monday, November 19, the hearing will continue in the case against Martinelli, through a message on Twitter that has no more details. On September 29, the intermediate or accusation phase in the case of the alleged illegal wiretapping ended and now the judge of Guarantees of the case, Jerónimo Mejía, analyzes the arguments of the Office of the Prosecutor and the defense to decide whether or not there will be a trial.
Marta de Martinelli, the ex firs lady has not expressed any opinion yet and her twitter profile has only retweeted messages from other people .