The trial of former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli has been set for March 12, 2019 in Panama City. The ex-president faces charges of corruption and for illegally conducting audio and video surveillance upon 150 of Panama's most prominent citizens.
Many observers of the Panama political scene openly doubted that the former president, said to be the most corrupt in the country's sordid history of political misconduct, would ever see the inside of a courtroom. After the supreme Court of Justice, the nation's highest court, declined to hear the case, testimony in Spain revealed that the judge in the Court who passed on the case was known to be corrupt, accepting bribes to fix cases before the Court.
Mrtinelli remains in custody in El Renacer Prison.