Panama Court Orders New Trial for ex-President Martinelli in Spying Case

Panamanian prosecutors accuse the former president of having spied on telephone conversations of about 150 people, including journalists and leaders of the opposition.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A Panamanian court has ordered a new trial of former President Ricardo Martinelli in a case alleging he unlawfully spied on politicians, union leaders and journalists during his 2009-2014 presidency, the country’s top prosecutor announced on Friday.

The appeals court threw out Martinelli’s 2019 not guilty verdict, but did not set a date for the new trial.

Prosecutor Ricaurte Gonzalez cited what he described as “an incorrect assessment of much of the evidence” presented at the previous trial.

A supermarket tycoon who sought a political comeback in 2019, the ex-president was accused . . .

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