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Ricardo Martinelli: former Panama president not guilty of spying

Prosecutors had sought a 21-year prison term for alleged spying on at least 150 people and misuse of public funds

A Panamanian court has cleared the former president Ricardo Martinelli of political espionage during his administration and ordered him released from house arrest.

The three-judge panel declared Martinelli not guilty on Friday of charges stemming from the purported spying on the communications of at least 150 people and of the alleged misuse of public funds to purchase the equipment to carry out the intercepts during his 2009-2014 administration.

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