The fugitive former president will face charges of political espionage allegedly committed during his 2009-2014 term.
Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli was arrested Monday as he was entering his home in Miami, and faces extradition to the Central American nation.
Panama’s Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant for Martinelli in December 2015 after he failed to turn up at a Panamanian court hearing on his case. Martinelli is known to have presided over an infrastructure boom that helped give Panama one of the fastest-growing economies in the Americas, but his administration was dogged by corruption allegations.
Following accusations of having used government funds to spy illegally on more than 150 political rivals, Panama sent the U.S. State Department an extradition request for him in 2016, as he was living in Miami after fleeing the country when Panama’s Supreme Court opened an investigation into him.
Interpol also issued an arrest for Martinelli in May for the political espionage charges. Martinelli maintains his innocence claiming he is a victim of political persecution.