Panama: Ex-president's sons got $50m in 'undue payments'

2017-11-10 14:11
Panama's ex-president Ricardo Martinelli. (Marco Ugarte, AP File)

Panama's ex-president Ricardo Martinelli. (Marco Ugarte, AP File)

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Panama City - Panamanian prosecutors say two sons of ex-President Ricardo Martinelli are suspected of receiving more than $50m in "undue payments" from a Brazilian construction giant at the centre of an international bribe scandal.

The Attorney General's Office says the allegations are based on information from a co-operating witness in the investigation, the former Panama manager for Brazil's Odebrecht.

It said on November 9 in a statement that multi-million-dollar transfers went to Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enriquez Martinelli through accounts in Panama and abroad from 2010 - 2014.

The family has denied involvement by the sons in the bribery scandal, which has implicated people close to both the elder Martinelli and the current government.

The former president is currently detained in the US facing possible extradition on charges of embezzlement and political espionage.

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