Ricardo Martinelli

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Ricardo Martinelli

36th President of Panama
In office
July 1, 2009 – July 1, 2014
Vice PresidentJuan Carlos Varela (2009-2014)
Preceded byMartín Torrijos
Succeeded byJuan Carlos Varela
Personal details
Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Berrocal

(1952-03-11) March 11, 1952 (age 71)
Panama City, Panama
Political partyDemocratic Change
Spouse(s)Marta Linares (1978–present)
Alma materUniversity of Arkansas, Fayetteville
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Berrocal, GColIH (born March 11, 1952) is a Panamanian politician and businessman. He was the 36th President of Panama from 2009 to 2014.

In May 2017, Interpol issued a warrant for his arrest due to spying on journalists in Panama. He is also suspected of embezzlement on a $45 million contract to purchase food for schools. Martinelli was arrested on June 12, 2017 to face extradition to Panama. He was extradited to Panama on June 11, 2018 to face the wiretapping charges.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "La Interpol pide la captura de Ricardo Martinelli por un caso de espionaje" (in Spanish). El País. 24 May 2017.