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US Supreme Court denies bail to former Panamanian President Martinelli

Martinelli faces charges of illegal wiretapping and embezzlement during his rule and now seems destined for extradition
2 Ago 2017 – 1:54 PM EDT

Disgraced former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli won't be able to return to his Miami mansion while fighting extradition after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his appeal for bail.

Only six days after lodging the appeal, Judge Clarence Thomas, one of the court's most conservative magistrates, denied the request that would have allowed Martinelli's wife, Marta Linares de Martinelli, to file a $500,000 on his behalf under conditions of strict monitoring.

Martinelli's defense had two more Supreme Court appeals pending. One seeks a habeas corpus hearing to assess the legality of the conditions of detention and imprisonment of the former president, while the other
is an attempt to stop the extradition process Martinelli faces in the Southern District of Florida court system.

Panama is seeking the extradition of Martinelli, 65, to answer charges related to illegal wiretapping during his government (2009 -2014).

Martinelli fled to Miami in 2015 and is seeking political asylum. He was arrested June 12 and has now been denied bail on three occasions.

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