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Audience Against Panama Former President on Another Penal Charge

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Audience Against Panama Former President on Another Penal Charge

The audience for a second penal charge of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) against former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) will be next January 27, informed today daily La Prensa.

In this case, the investigation is for the supposed commission of a crime against the public administration, in the acquisition of dehydrated foods for public schools, which presumably damaged the health of some infants due to the bad state of the food which presumably was overpriced to receive commissions.

For this reason, the Prosecution investigated into another cause the former head of Nutrition of the Program of National Aid as Tamburrelli and Angel Famiglietti, respectively; ex comptroller Gioconda Torres de Bianchini and the ex private secretary of Martinelli Adolfo de Obarrio (at large).

They also instructed the representative of the supplying company Lerkshore, Ruben de Ycaza; the former ministers Lucy Molinar (Education) and Federico Jose Suarez (Public Works) and the ex Viceministers Maria Fabrega (Presidency) and Marta Susana de Varela (Social Development).

Martinelly must be judged by the CSJ given his condition of Central American deputy, as establishes Panamanian law.

Together with the announcement of the next audience, it was informed that 12th expedient in the hands of the CSJ that involves the former president for the alleged participation in the fraudulent business of the failed irrigation project of Tonosi, in the southern province of Los Santos.

A first process for telephone spying started in the Organ of Justice and after the absence of the accused, the Court decided to declare him in default and ask the International Police (Interpol) to capture him and extradite him to the country.

In judicial sectors and others of Panamanian society there is worry that the first investigation may be affected by the conflicto emerged at the Supreme Court after the public declarations of the magistrate prosecutor of the cause, Harry

Díaz on irregularities in the institution and the demand for his removal.

Some analysts believe the winner of the situation is Martinelli, while others argue that seven of the nine magistrates were appointed by the now investigated, which creates suspicions as regarding the origin and objectives of the crisis.

Source/Prensa Latina
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