U.S. accuses Panama judge of corruption, bars him
Friday, December 02 2005 @ 03:00 AM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
Spadafora said on Thursday in a letter to Panama's Foreign Ministry and seen by Reuters that the charges against him were unfounded.
"I am formally asking your office to demand detailed explanations of the U.S. Embassy for the basis of this action," he said in the letter.
He said he was innocent and that he would not resign.
The case could prove embarrassing for President Martin Torrijos, who took power last year promising a clampdown on corruption.