Two former Panama presidents to face graft trial




Panama City, Panama —A Panama court has ordered former presidents Ricardo Martinelli and Juan Carlos Varela to stand trial on charges of laundering money from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, a court document showed Tuesday.

Judge Baloisa Marquines opened a criminal case against the two former leaders for crimes “against the economic order in the form of money laundering,” read the trial summons.

The two men, who collectively led Panama between 2009 and 2019, will be tried alongside 34 others, including five former ministers.

Two of Martinelli’s sons — who are both imprisoned in the United States after pleading guilty to receiving $28 million fr…

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