Three sons of former Panama dictator to be extradited to US

Three sons of the former Panama dictator, Gen Ricardo Martinelli, have been extradited to the US on corruption charges, their lawyer said on Monday.

The men were arrested last month while trying to enter Colombia on flight TN928. The US justice department said at the time that it suspected they were attempting to flee the country.

Their lawyer, Walter Roman, told reporters that Juan Carlos Martinelli, Eduardo Martinelli and Ricardo Martinelli had been sent to the US and would go on trial in New York in late November.

The trial, currently pending in Panama, is expected to start on 18 November and last 10 days, Roman said. The three men, who were arrested while crossing the Panamanian border into Colombia, deny the charges.

If found guilty, the former presidents face up to 20 years in prison on charges of participating in a $600m kickback scheme, according to the indictment.

Juan Carlos Martinelli, Ricardo Martinelli and Eduardo Martinelli denied all charges of money laundering and alleged corruption.

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