Martinelli fled Panama in January 2015.
Washington, Jun 11 (Prensa Latina) The United States extradited former President of Panama Ricardo Martinelli to the Central American country, where he will face a judicial process for espionage during his term (2009-2014). He has denied accusations of embezzlement and illegally monitoring phone calls and other communications.
Martinelli, 66, has another dozen cases pending that range from the misappropriation of public funds to the sale of pardons.More news: American toddlers consume way too much added sugar, says study
He flew to the U.S. just days before the court launched a corruption investigation against him.
The International Police issued Red Alert in April 2017 for the capture of Martinelli, who communicated with Panama through social networks and videos, in which he insisted on his innocence and being a victim of political persecution.
Panama has also submitted extradition requests for Martinelli's sons Ricardo and Luis Enrique, accused of taking $56 million in bribes from the corruption-plagued Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht to facilitate contracts.More news: Why me and my SNP MPs walked out of parliament today
He applied for political asylum, saying the allegations against him were part of a political vendetta, and his legal team launched a series of appeals against the extradition.
Martinelli appeared handcuffed in photos shared by Panama's security ministry and was transported to Renacer prison, where former strongman Manuel Noriega, who died previous year, had been held.
President Juan Carlos Verl stated that the U.S. state Department approved its request for the extradition of predecessor.More news: Free Taco Bell tacos coming Wednesday thanks to the Golden State Warriors
General Noriega died in May past year, aged 83, after serving time in prison in the USA and Panama for drug-trafficking, money laundering and racketeering.