Panama election body withdraws ex-President Martinelli's immunity

April 9, 2015 3:16 AM

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Panama election body withdraws ex-President Martinelli's immunity

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panama's election authority on Wednesday said former President Ricardo Martinelli would no longer be immune from prosecution, in a move that will allow the country's top court to investigate alleged corruption cases during his time in office.

In January, the court said it would investigate Martinelli for suspected "crimes against public administration." The supermarket magnate oversaw a public spending-led boom while in office between 2009 and 2014.

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