12-year jail term sought for Panama ex-president Martinelli

PANAMA CITY, Panama --- A Panamanian prosecutor on Thursday, June 1, sought a 12-year jail term for ex-president Ricardo Martinelli on charges of money laundering that have clouded his chances of standing in elections next year. Prosecutor Emeldo Marquez asked a court to convict Martinelli and a dozen co-defendants, adding: "We must impose the maximum sentence" of 12 years for the offenses charged. Martinelli, who was president from 2009-2014, stands accused of having bought a majority share in the Editora Panama America publishing house in 2010, using illegally acquired state funds. READ: US arrests former Panama president sought for extradition According to prosecutors,...Keep on reading: 12-year jail term sought for Panama ex-president Martinelli

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