Ricardo Martinelli is received in Panama surrounded by his followers support and human rights violation complaints

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  • Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:46
Traslado de Martinelli a Panama
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Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, extradited to Panama today by the US will be taken to El Renacer, the prison next to the capital where former dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega was imprisoned (1934-2017), reported today the Ministry of Public Security.
Ricardo Martinelli revisión médica a la llegada a Panamá
Combo of photographs given by the Ministry of Public Security of Panama that shows the former Panamanian president, Ricardo Martinelli, upon his arrival in the country after being extradited from the US, in Panama City (Panama). Martinelli will be taken to El Renacer, the prison next to the capital where former dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega was imprisoned (1934-2017), the Ministry of Public Security reported today. EFE / Courtesy Ministry of Public Security of Panama

After performing "a general medical evaluation by qualified professionals", in a place not specified "Martinelli will be taken to the prison 'El Renacer', where he will remain in the custody of the Directorate General of the Penitentiary System of the Ministry of Government (Mingob) , at the disposal of the competent authorities ".
The former president shouted "Viva Panama" from his imprisonment in El Renacer prison, while his lawyers denounced the violation of his rights. "Viva Panama," shouted the former president, waving his arms with a positive attitude when he was taken to the chalet where he will be held in El Renacer prison, the same prison where the former Panamanian ex-dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega (1934-2017) was.

Lawyer Sydney Sittón told Acan-Efe that Martinelli only had his blood pressure checked when he arrived in the country, when, he said, the US Department of State. He stated that he should undergo a thorough review given his cardiac condition.

The US Government "made formal delivery in Panamanian territory" of Martinelli "today at 8:44 am (13:44 GMT)" with arrival at Panama Pacifico airport. The Government informed today that the extradition of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli to Panama for the four crimes for which it was requested followed the "normal process" under the bilateral treaty and now it is up to the Panamanian courts to determine his guilt or innocence.

"His case followed the normal process of extradition under the bilateral treaty and US law and was managed in accordance with applicable legal procedures," the State Department said in a statement.

Last Friday, June 8, the US government gave the green light to the extradition of the former Panamanian president, which occurred early today, just as attorney Sidney Sitton gave us an exclusive preview of the official documents.

Martinelli, who has been detained in a federal prison in Miami for 1 year, returns to Panama for health reasons, according to statements made by his wife Marta Martinelli to the local press at the Panama Pacifico airport on his arrival. she complained that she was not allowed to enter to receive her husband and that she did not believe in the legal process and added that many things will happen at the trial.

"The Foreign Ministry has behaved very badly because it has not given the information to the lawyers or relatives, you know that he has the right to have his lawyers when he arrives on Panamanian soil," said the former first lady. "They will not let us in, I can not even use the airport bathroom, we're going to stay here until they let us in. They are orders from the Foreign Ministry and the Security Council, which do not show up," he added.

"We do not want him to go home, we want him to go to a hospital because he has a heart condition, he has 3 stens, he has not seen a cardiologist in 18 months and he needs it. his health, because the lawyers told him that he would almost certainly win, "he concluded.

Martinelli's lawyer, Inna Shapovalov, warned on May 30 that if the former president was handed over to his country's justice, there was the "possibility" that he would be treated inhumanely, that he would be "tortured" by the authorities and would not Due process will be respected.

"It is up to the Panamanian courts to determine the guilt or innocence of Mr. Martinelli for the charges for which he was extradited," the note signed by Heather Nauert, spokeswoman for the State Department, added.

The defense referred to an invocation of the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment to justify its opposition to extradition.

However, the government of President Donald Trump said the decision to extradite him does not contravene US obligations. under that convention and suggests that it may be that the meaning of the word "torture" used by the defense is not that which contemplates that convention or that "it is more likely that it is not tortured" than it may be.

Of the 25 cases pending, only 5 remain in force, and can only be processed in Panama for the issue of the "tapping" case, according to statements by lawyer Sidney SIttón.

This morning and surrounded by supporters who support the former president will be held a hearing that will reach Ricardo Martinelli where should be the full magistrates, who will listen to the parties and decide on precautionary measures for Martinelli, have explained the lawyers in statements to Acan-Efe.

It is expected that in that hearing Martinelli's defense appeals to his chronic health conditions to request a precautionary measure other than preventive detention, a request that the prosecutor will maintain, according to the analysis of local jurists.

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