Panama high court OKs corruption probe of ex-president

Panama's former President Ricardo Martinelli answers questions during an interview at a hotel in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Panama's Supreme Court has decided to open a corruption probe against the billionaire supermarket magnate over allegations he inflated contracts worth $45 million to purchase dehydrated food for a government social program. Martinelli has denied the charges and says he is the target of political persecution by his successor, Juan Carlos Varela. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama’s Supreme Court voted Wednesday to open a corruption probe against former President Ricardo Martinelli, a move likely to rally popular support in a nation where the politically powerful rarely face justice for misdeeds.