FORMER PANAMA president Ricardo Martinelli, the focus of multiple multi million dollar corruption investigations has been invited to the presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump.
The ex- president who is in self-imposed exile in Miami, Florida posited his invitation on Twitter, on Monday, Jan.9.
While in office, Martinelli, like Trump was prone to communicating with his supporters and detractors via Twitter.
In addition to the corruption charges he is wanted to face trial for the wiretapping of political opponents, journalists, judges and businessmen.
Papers for his extradition from the US have been stalled for weeks,
The former president of the Republic Ricardo Martinelli is invited to the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
Meanwhile Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has signaled that he will not be attending.
And I agree with you on the matter that Martinelli has not been found guilty. Also I believe he did quite good for Panamanians but the fact that he slithered away and is thumbing his nose at the justice system (which may be justified) is not honorable. I think he should return and face the music. I don't know if Panama could/would try him in absentia. Regardless, he is a fugitive from justice having failed to appear in Panama courts and should therefore not be invited to America's presenting inauguration.
I agree with your assessment however let's remember that Martinelli, regardless of your and my opinion has not been found guilty in a court of law "yet". I still wouldn't have invited him because he didn't have to. I'm not altogether sure that Trump was aware of the invite. At last that's what I prefer to think.
He won't be extradited only if the Trump administration follows the Democrat serial pattern....unlikely.
I always believed that Martinelli had high-level corrupt political support in the US. Now, I am certain that he will not be extradited to Panama to face criminal charges. Too bad the (corrupt) Panama officials allowed him to leave the country.
Kellyanne should promptly counsel her boss on the imprudence of this. The only way to redeem, imo, is to order him taken into custody at the event. Not likely to happen, but a nice vision anyway. My opinion of Trump slipped a notch with this piece of news.
A position as close adviser ??
May be an indicator that the Trump administration won't be extradicting RM.
Birds of a feather?