Panama court finds ex-president Martinelli not guilty of spying charges


FILE PHOTO: Panama’s former president Ricardo Martinelli yells at the media while leaving the Electoral Court in Panama City, Panama April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Erick Marciscano

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – A Panamanian court on Friday declared former president Ricardo Martinelli not guilty of charges that he spied on 150 people, including politicians, union leaders and journalists during his 2009-2014 presidency, and ordered his release.

According to the verdict read by one of the three judges involved, prosecutors “failed to prove” their theory and “reasonable doubts arose” about the accusations presented.

Reporting by Elida Moreno; editing by Delphine Schrank

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