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Martinelli's defense accuses the Supreme Court of making false statements to the US

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  • Wed, 07/05/2017 - 15:24
In new documents presented to the Judge Edwin Torres, who is in charge of the extradition trial of Martinelli in Miami, lawyers said that these false testimonies also justify the release on bail of the former president
  • EFE

The defense of former president of Panama Ricardo Martinelli said that a Magistrate of the Panamanian Supreme Court presented "false statements" and "deceptive" to be extradited from the United States on the charge of illegal interception of communications and illicit enrichment.

In new documents presented to the Judge Edwin Torres, who is in charge of the extradition trial of Martinelli in Miami, lawyers said that these false testimonies also justify the release on bail of the former president.

John Richard Byrne and Marcos Daniel Jimenez, representatives of the former president, said that the "false statements" have been originated "by Supreme Court magistrate Harry Diaz, who acts as prosecutor for alleged telephone interventions.

"Given the current status of this case, President Martinelli respectfully submits that a bail is appropriate," the lawyers said in court documents.

According to the defense, Diaz refers to embezzlement of public funds for more than 13 million dollars with the purchase vigilant equipment called Pegasus to the Israeli company MLM Protection Ltd. to intercept communications.

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