Monday, June 12, the U.S. Department of justice in Miami was arrested 65-year-old Ricardo Martinelli, Panama’s former President, according to the portal, Estrella and the Agency RIA Novosti.
It is expected, soon Martinelli will be extradited to Panama.
At the end of may this year Ricardo Martinelli was declared internationally wanted by Interpol. Issued against him the so-called «red warrant» expected immediate arrest and extradition of a person suspected of committing a criminal offence in the territory of another state.
Martinelli, who headed Panama in 2009-2014, is accused of involvement in corruption, spying for the opposition, teammates and citizens. It is also a suspect in the illegal trade Panamanian visas that could bring Martinelli, together with accomplices to $ 100 million. On the totality of the charges he faces a sentence of up to 21 years in prison.
Multimillionaire, a representative of the conservative party «Democratic change» Ricardo Martinelli won the presidential election in Panama in may 2009. The Martinelli victory at the election contributed to its promises to curb corruption and crime. Israeli media said that after the election the security Martinelli was hired by former Israeli intelligence agents. In March 2010, Ricardo Martinelli visited Israel and met with Shimon Peres and made a number of statements in support of Israel.