Panama rejects Nicaragua request of protected passage for ex-president – JURIST

The Panamanian Ministry of Overseas Affairs introduced Friday that it denied the request from the Nicaraguan authorities to offer protected passage for ex-president Ricardo Martinelli to go away the nation after the Nicaraguan authorities granted asylum to the previous Panamanian chief on Wednesday.

The ministry additionally made an announcement that it has summoned the Nicaraguan Ambassador to Panama and that the cancellation of the request for safe-passage had been made “primarily based on the provisions of Article 1 of the 1928 Asylum Convention and the 1933 Political Asylum Convention.” The ministry additionally urged Nicaragua to abstain from “exceeding its perform” in a means that will affect Panamanian home coverage, in mild of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Martinelli was given an 11-year jail time period final 12 months in a cash laundering case, famously often called “New Enterprise” which began in 2017. He’s a candidate for the upcoming 2024 presidential elections. Nonetheless Panama’s Constitution bars anybody with jail phrases of 5 years or extra from operating in elections. There was no official announcement concerning Martinelli’s potential disqualification by election authorities. Martinelli approached the Nicaraguan authorities for asylum safety after his enchantment of his conviction was rejected by the Panama’s supreme court docket within the cash laundering case.

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