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FILE PHOTO: Panama President Ricardo Martinelli gestures during a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Panama City April 19, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso/File Photo


MIAMI (Reuters) - Former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli, wanted by the Central American country on political espionage charges, will remain in U.S. custody until a June 20 bond hearing in a federal court in Miami, a judge ordered on Tuesday.

Martinelli was arrested outside Miami late on Monday and made his first court appearance on Tuesday. His lawyer, Marcos Jimenez, called the case "a politically motivated proceeding."

(Reporting by Zachary Fagenson; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Paul Simao)


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