The vice president of the board of directors of the Central American Parliament (Parlacen), Juan Pablo García Farinoni, said that former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, who allegedly submitted his resignation on Friday, is still a deputy.
"As vice president for the State of Panama in the Parlacen, to all those who ask me: Martinelli to this day is still a deputy of the Central American Parliament," García said on his social networks.
The letter was delivered Friday at the Parlacen headquarters, according to Martinelli's spokesman and his former communications minister, Luis Eduardo Camacho, and announced that on this same day the defense will "notify the Panamanian Supreme Court".
"I present to you immediately and irrevocably our resignation from the position (...) we appreciate to notify on our resignation to the plenary assembly and authorities of the Republic of Panama," reads the letter released by Camacho on social networks.
A source from the Central American Parliament told Efe that because it is an international organization, it should be channeled through the Foreign Ministry of Panama, which will submit it to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala and the latter to the regional entity.
Spokespeople and lawyers of the former president said on Thursday that Martinelli signed the letter of irrevocable resignation, which would bring as a consequence that the trial before the Supreme Court for illegal wiretapping is held in ordinary courts.
The former president, 66, is temporarily detained in El Renacer, a minimum-security prison located outside the capital of Panama, since he was extradited under the specialty provision enshrined in a bilateral treaty of 1905; therefore, Martinelli will only be judged in Panama by the case of wiretapping, one of the near 10 criminal cases that the Supreme Court has opened.
Martinelli, who claims to be politically persecuted by the current Panamanian government, faces a penalty of up to 21 years in prison for the 4 criminal definitions involving the illegal wiretapping, according to an indictment filed in October 2015 by prosecutor Harry Díaz.