Panama’s fugitive ex-president ordered out of Paraguay
MIAMI, USA -- Ricardo Martinelli, facing eleven different criminal charges in his native Panama, including human rights violations, insider trading, and massive corruption allegations, has been ordered by the government of Paraguay to leave the country immediately. The former president of Panama has been living in an estate in Paraguay that he covertly purchased while in office, since major corruption scandals broke in Panama. The fact that he was living in Paraguay, and not in Miami, as his supporters have long claimed, was well known in Panama City.
Reliable sources in Panama state that Martinelli has approached the governments of Spain and the United States seeking asylum, alleging that the current Panamanian government has targeted him for purely political reasons, and that he is innocent of all pending charges. To date, neither government has responded to his requests.
There are also unconfirmed rumours that there is a reward or bounty offered for his capture, but whether there is a factual basis for this information is unknown.
Over 150 families in Panama, both citizens and resident expatriates, were victimized by Martinelli's illegal telephone and Internet surveillance program, and they are demanding justice.
By Kenneth Rijock
Kenneth Rijock is a banking lawyer turned-career money launderer (10 years), turned-compliance officer specialising in enhanced due diligence, and a financial crime consultant who publishes a Financial Crime Blog. The Laundry Man, his autobiography, was published in the UK on 5 July 2012