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Panama called the ambassador in Nicaragua for consultations regarding the activities of the ex-president Ricardo Martinelli.

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Panama called the ambassador in Nicaragua for consultations regarding the activities of the ex-president Ricardo Martinelli.

Panama Calls Ambassador in Nicaragua Over the Asylum of Former President Ricardo Martinelli

The Government of Panama has taken a strong stance against the Nicaraguan Embassy in Panama City for granting asylum to former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014). In response, Panama has called its ambassador in Nicaragua for consultations, citing a “flagrant and repeated” violation of international law by Nicaragua.

Martinelli sought asylum in the Nicaraguan Embassy in Panama after a sentence of more than 10 years in prison for money laundering was finalized, disqualifying him from competing in the upcoming presidential elections. The Panamanian government has expressed their concern over Martinelli’s use of the embassy for “political actions.”

The Panamanian Foreign Ministry has issued statements expressing their protest against Nicaragua’s actions, emphasizing the need for Nicaragua to comply with international obligations. Panama has also denied Martinelli’s request for safe passage to leave the country, citing legal conventions on asylum.

Nicaragua, on the other hand, has accused Panama of violating asylum conventions by not recognizing the asylum granted to Martinelli and denying him safe passage. They argue that Panama’s actions are in violation of international law and the 1928 Asylum Convention.

Local analysts have pointed out that Martinelli’s case does not qualify for political asylum, as he was convicted of a common crime. The diplomatic tensions between Panama and Nicaragua show no signs of easing, as both countries stand firm on their positions regarding Martinelli’s asylum status.

Overall, the situation highlights the complexities of international relations and the challenges that arise when political figures seek refuge in foreign embassies. The standoff between Panama and Nicaragua underscores the need for diplomacy and adherence to international laws and conventions in handling such delicate matters.

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