House arrest for Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli

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Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

The Oral Trial Court ruled early this Wednesday, the measure of house arrest for the former president Ricardo Martinelli Panama. This resolution comes after the defense request, the accused after serving a year of pretrial detention in the prison El Renacer.

As of this Wednesday you have a domiciliary deposit and an impediment to leave the country, so you will have to hand over your passports. The guarantor or responsible is his wife, Marta de Martinellli.

The former president is investigated for the alleged commission of four crimes, between them he is accused of intercepting communication at approximately 150 members of opposition parties, magistrates, ministers, union leaders and journalists. Thus, The Panamanian Prosecutor's Office requests a conviction of 21 years in prison.

Martinelli was banned from giving interviews to the media and using social media. You will not be able to have contact with the victims or witnesses of the case. Medical appointments must be authorized and guarded.

Both the Prosecutor's Office and the plaintiffs appealed the ruling, that must be resolved this Friday.

Meanwhile, the defense also appealed, since they expected that the decision would be country by jail and not domiciliary deposit.

The court, made up of Roberto Tejeira, who presides over it, Arlene Caballero and Raúl Vergara, was declared in permanent session since Tuesday afternoon.

Carlos Carrillo, Ricardo Martinelli's lawyer, invoked the article 12 of the Criminal Procedure Code that establishes that provisional detention as a precautionary measure should not exceed one year, the one that was fulfilled this 11 of June.

On the other hand, Prosecutor Ricauter González asked the Court to maintain the detention, recalling that the former president did not return to Panama on a commercial flight, but being extradited.

Meanwhile, Carlos Herrera Moran, representative of the complaint, asked that the request be denied, due to the existence of victims who are fearful, and because the trial lacks an interpretation.