PANAMA CITY: Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli will no longer fight extradition from the United States to his homeland, his lawyer said on Thursday, where Martinelli will face charges that he organized a scheme to spy on political rivals.
Martinelli is accused by Panamanian prosecutors of using public money to spy on more than 150 political rivals during his 2009-2014 term. He denies those charges.
In a handwritten note distributed by his lawyer Sidney Sitton, the ex-president said his extradition to Panama is now "in the hands of the US Department of State. "Sitton said he expects the extradition to be finalised in less than 30 days, and that Martinelli was no longer seeking asylum in the United States".