A former president of Panama is fighting an effort to send him from the U.S. back to his homeland to face charges in a case of political espionage. Ricardo Martinelli made his initial appearance Tuesday before a federal judicial judge in Miami following an arrest on an extradition warrant from Panama. The- judicial judge set a June 20 hearing to determine if former president can be let go on bond as he challenges extradition. Martinelli was arrested (taken in to custody) Monday at the request of Panama’s government. The- former president failed to show up at a December 2015 court hearing there on charges in that contain not legal monitoring phone and other conversations of at least 150 people with an extensive surveillance system he created with public funds. He denies wrongdoing and is looking for asylum.
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