Panama ex-president Martinelli returned to jail

June 14, 2018
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Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli gestures victory signs to the press as he is escorted in handcuffs after his hearing at the Supreme Court in Panama City, Monday, June 11, 2018. Martinelli returned to Panama to face political espionage and embezzlement charges after being extradited from the United States on Monday. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli has been returned to jail after a three-day hospitalization following his extradition from the United States.

Martinelli lawyer Carlos Carrillo complained to reporters Thursday outside the jail where Martinelli was held that he had not been allowed to speak with his client.

Doctors who evaluated the 66-year-old Martinelli have said he was suffering from hypertension, but was stable.

Martinelli governed Panama from 2009 to 2014. The U.S. extradited him Monday to face charges of political espionage and embezzlement in Panama.

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