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Panama ex-president Martinelli acquitted in illegal wiretapping case

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A Panamanian court acquitted Tuesday former President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) for the case of illegal wiretapping during his term, known as "Pinchazos", in a new oral trial.

"Justice has finally been applied, seven years of this torture, in this ordeal (...), I thank the Panamanian Justice, I have suffered a lot, and I regret, and I do not want this that has happened to me to happen to any Panamanian," said the former president at the exit of the courthouse.

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