Nicaragua: Regime Grants Asylum to Former Panamanian President Martinelli

Source: US News & World Report

“Nicaragua’s government said on Wednesday it has granted asylum to Panama’s former President Ricardo Martinelli, after the ex-leader currently facing a lengthy prison sentence at home requested the protection at Nicaragua’s embassy in Panama City. Martinelli, who had already announced another run for president in elections later this year, considers himself a victim of political persecution with his life in ‘imminent’ danger, according to a statement from Nicaragua’s foreign ministry. Late last week, Panama’s top court rejected Martinelli’s appeal to annul a nearly 11-year prison sentence due to a conviction last year centering on money laundering charges.” (02/07/24)