The son of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014), Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares, was extradited to the United States this Monday, November 15, to be tried for money laundering in a case linked to the Brazilian firm Odebrecht.
Pablo Castillo, spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior, said that at dawn the General Directorate of the Penitentiary System transferred Martinelli from the Mariscal Zavala prison to the Guatemalan Air Force, where after the procedures, he was handed over to the authorities of the States. United, who transferred him by air to that country.
On November 8, the Third Criminal Sentencing Court of Guatemala ordered the extradition of his brother Ricardo Martinelli Linares, after he accepted the transfer to that country to face the money laundering trial.
Luis Martinelli Linares was arrested in July 2020 in Guatemala along with his brother, Ricardo Martinelli Linares, whose extradition has also been endorsed by the Guatemalan justice system.
The two sons of the former Panamanian president were arrested in Guatemala on July 6, 2020, when they tried to travel to Panama in a private plane, after almost a year in unknown whereabouts.
The arrest was carried out at the request of the United States and since then the brothers have been in the prison of the Mariscal Zavala military barracks in the Guatemalan capital, waiting for their extradition processes to the United States to be completed.
The extradition of Luis Martinelli Linares was ordered on May 25 by the Fifth Criminal Sentencing Court.
The US extradition request to the Martinelli Linares brothers stems from the alleged crime of money laundering during their father’s tenure in a corruption case linked to the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.
According to the indictment of the District Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, the Martinelli Linares are responsible for the crime of conspiracy to commit money laundering and two crimes of concealment of information for that purpose, between 2009 and 2015, for figures of less than one million Dollars.