Former president Ricardo Martinelli returned to his home under police escort early Wednesday, June 12 instead of to El Renacer Prison where he had been held since his extradition to Panama on June 11 last year to face trial for illegal wiretapping. which could carry a sentence of up to 21 years.
The decision was snnounced after an all night wait while the three judges overseeing his trial debated his release.
After declaring that they were competent to deal with the request for a change of injunction, the judges at 5 pm on Tuesday announced that they would take a recess until 9:00 pm However, the decision was not announced until 5:00 am on Wednesday.
His release from provisional detention includes several measures, including among them house arrest;, cannot leave the country; country, must deliver his passports (Panamanian and Italian); cannot approach or communicate with the victims; cannot comment on social networks or give media interviews.
Martinelli ill be transferred by the National Police each time he goes to a hearing or has a medical appointment, which he must communicate in advance. his wife, Marta de Martinelli, will be the guarantor of compliance with the measures.
It was a long night for the defendant, the defense, the prosecutors, the journalists who cover the trial.
The judges will hear appeals by prosecutos against his realease and by the defense over the terms on Friday, at 10 a.m.
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