Ex-Panama president’s sons charged with bribery, money laundering

US prosecutors have charged two sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli in connection with bribery and money laundering linked to Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, according to a federal complaint unsealed on Monday.

Luis Enrique Martinelli, 38, and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli, 40, were arrested earlier in the day in Guatemala City as they attempted to board a flight to Panama, Guatemala’s police said in a statement. The two men face extradition to the United States.

A Martinelli spokesman did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the charges.

But the family said in a statement following the arrest that it was working to ensure the ex-president’s sons have legal assistance in Guatemala and are able to transfer the proceedings to Panama.

Odebrecht has been at the centre of a far-reaching Latin American corruption scandal uncovered in 2014, in which the company paid more than $700m in bribes to government officials in various countries.

Related Articles

Back to top button