Panama's former President Ricardo Martinelli answers questions during an interview at a hotel in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Panama's Supreme Court has decided to open a corruption probe against the billionaire supermarket magnate over allegations he inflated contracts worth $45 million to purchase dehydrated food for a government social program. Martinelli has denied the charges and says he is the target of political persecution by his successor, Juan Carlos Varela. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) (The Associated Press)
A person close to the high court says that nine judges voted unanimously Wednesday to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Martinelli. The person insisted on speaking anonymously because the ruling hasn't been made public.