Panama prosecutors request 21year spying sentence for expresident

first_imgPanamanian prosecutors demanded a 21-year sentence for spying against ex-President Ricardo Martinelli during an indictment hearing in the capital, Panama City.Martinelli, who was extradited back to Panama last month from self-imposed exile in the United States, is accused of “giving orders” to his Security Council to “illicitly intercept many citizens’ communications” between 2012 and 2014.The 66-year-old was detained a year ago in Miami after an international arrest warrant was issued against him. Panama accused him of graft and spying on his political foes, and submitted an extradition request to the United States.He is accused of intercepting emails, telephone calls, memory cards, phone books and audio recordings of confidential conversations. Related posts:Former Panama VP arrested in widening corruption probe Another former Panamanian minister arrested in graft probe Panama court orders detention of ex-President Ricardo Martinelli Renewal in Panama might be coming at a high cost Prosecutor Henry Diaz, who on Monday read out 30 pages of accusations, said Martinelli conducted “political espionage” without judicial authority against opponents, union leaders and civil society groups that constituted “a continued and systematic violation of intimacy and human rights.”President from 2009 to 2014, supermarket tycoon Martinelli fled to the United States in 2015 to avoid arrest. He denies the accusations, claiming they are politically motivated.He is also accused of helping to embezzle $45 million from a government school lunch program as well as other cases of extortion, bribe-taking, misappropriation of public funds and abuse of power Panama court orders detention of ex-President Ricardo Martinelli Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgPhoto credit: Tourism Western AustraliaGo back to the e-newsletterQantas and Tourism WA have signed a $7.2 million deal to jointly promote travel to Western Australia both domestically and internationally.The three-year agreement between the state and the national carrier is one of the biggest airline partnerships in Western Australia’s history and follows the success of a similar agreement signed in 2013, making a combined commitment of over $15 million to the region.The deal is expected to attract thousands of visitors from key tourism markets including New Zealand, USA, Singapore and wider Australia.Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said Qantas remains the biggest private sector supporter of Australian tourism and is pleased to help promote Western Australia on the global stage.“We’re very pleased to make this investment in encouraging more people from around the world and around the country to come and see what Western Australia has to offer,” Evans said.“With a lower dollar, Australia is an even bigger drawcard for international visitors because of the value it offers. That’s great news for WA and the many industries that benefit from tourism.“The demand is certainly there. We’re seeing strong performance of our Singapore-Perth flight, which has expanded to a year-round service currently operating 10 flights per week, increasing to double daily for the upcoming December – January peak travel period. Our seasonal Auckland-Perth flight is also very popular.“We know a lot of overseas visitors will fly to two or sometimes three destinations when they come to Australia, so part of this campaign will target people who may be landing on the east coast to make the journey west as part of their stay,” Evans added.The Tourism WA/Qantas partnership will include campaigns in key international markets including advertising special airfares and promotions around major events and activities. There will be a strong focus on digital platforms including online and social media.Today’s announcement follows similar deals between Qantas, New South Wales and Queensland, as well as Tourism Australia to promote the nation as a whole. Qantas works with tourism organisations in Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and New South Wales to drive more visitors into and around Australia.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more