Social 07-11-2018

Panamanian ex-president returns to jail after suffering hypertensive crisis

Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) returned to jail, where he is found as a preventive measure for alleged telephone espionage, after receiving discharge after a hypertensive crisis.

"About 45 minutes ago I talked with the doctor who attended the former President Martinelli, to coordinate the priest's visit, he informed me that they could coordinate a visit to the hospital and I informed the media that they were transferred to the Renacer (Correctional center), "the spokesman for former governor Luis Eduardo Camacho said on his Twitter social network.

According to the local newspaper Panamá América, the medical director of the hospital Santo Tomas, Angel Cedeño, reported that at approximately 9:00 local time (14:00 GMT) Martinelli was discharged after a hypertensive crisis that he suffered on 5 November.

Camacho had told the local press that doctors were evaluating whether Martinelli needed a surgical intervention and that procedures were being done for a priest to visit the ex -mandatario because of his poor health.

The legal representatives of the former president have repeatedly requested that their client be evaluated by experts from the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences to determine their condition.

The former president is being held in the El Renacer (minimum security) prison (located on the outskirts of the capital).

In the US, he was imprisoned for one year for an extradition request for spying on communications from at least 150 people through the National Security Council.


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