Multiple reports from the Republic of Panama, including case numbers, confirm that a Red Notice has been issued for the fugitive, former President of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal, who faces at least a dozen criminal charges, including the operation of an illegal electronic surveillance program, where he spied upon prominent Panamanians. Thius means that he is subject to arrest, and removal, to Panama.
The Red Card was issued, notwithstanding that Martinelli has been the subject of an outstanding extradition request since September, 2016, and has been living openly in Miami. For some unknown reason, the US State Department has ignored Panamanian demands, raising questions about whether he is cooperating with US law enforcement or intelligence agencies, and if those agencies have interfered with Martinelli's extradition petition, which was filed at State.
Rumors continue to fly around his native country; will he actually run for Vice President, or Mayor of Panama City, while facing serious criminal charges ?
Chronicles of Monte Friesner - Financial Crime Analyst
Contributed by Kenneth Rijock - Financial Crime Consultant