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Extradited former Panama president Martinelli hospitalised

AFP  |  Panama City 

Panamanian former was taken to hospital early today, one day after he was extradited from the to face charges of spying on journalists and opponents.

Martinelli, 66, was suffering from heart problems, said Angel Cedeno, in City.

"We have him in intensive care, he's stable and medicated to control his hypertension," Cedeno told reporters.

was transferred to the hospital from the at midnight Monday after receiving permission from the handling his case.

Martinelli, 2009-2014, landed in City on Monday from aboard a chartered plane. He had spent one year since June 2017 incarcerated in

is accused of spying on the telephone calls of more than 150 people, including journalists and politicians. He is also under investigation in about 20 other cases of corruption.

On Monday a handcuffed Martinelli, escorted by US Marshals, greeted reporters gathered to see him off at the Miami-area airport.

"I'm ready to watch the World Cup!" he said, giving a thumbs-up. qualified for the tournament, which begins on Thursday.

His return to Panama comes at a time of political turbulence as the country prepares for in May.

At a hearing at on Monday Martinelli warned the that he had a serious heart condition.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 01:25 IST