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  U.S. extradites former Panama president to home country
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jun 11, 2018 07:23pm
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AuthorElida Moreno
News DateMonday, June 11, 2018 08:45:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionPANAMA CITY (Reuters) - The United States on Monday extradited former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli to the Central American country, the U.S. State Department said, to face charges of illegal wiretapping.

Martinelli, a 66-year-old supermarket tycoon, was arrested in June 2017 in Miami after Panama requested his extradition on charges that he had used public money to spy on more than 150 political rivals during his 2009-2014 administration.

Martinelli has maintained his innocence and said he is a victim of political persecution by current president Juan Carlos Varela, who previously served as his vice president.
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