The request for a judicial investigation against Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela for alleged links to the Odebrecht scandal, sparked reactions today from the ruling party, which called it “political desperation.”
There are enough elements of conviction to open an investigation on the president, because ‘no one is above the law, not even the President of the Republic’ expressed the eve in a press conference, Pedro Miguel González, Secretary General of the opposition Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD).
Before this call reacted the president of incumbent Panamanian Party, Jose Luis Varela, brother of the President, who considered it ‘more an act of political desperation’ for the social projects delivered by the government in the past weeks, in a declaration to a local TV network.
He criticized what he described as ‘aggressive tone of Gonzalez’, out of order in the country’s present Christmas environment and defied the PRD to present some proof or denunciation ‘to the corresponding authorities in order to carry out the investigations’.
Business and civilian unions also support that the president must face society and offer the required explanations on the use of these funds to get to the country’s presidency, which according to judicial reports total 10 million dollars, said the daily La Estrella.
For its part, Gonzalez referred this Thursday to versions leaked to the press, of an investigation carried out by the Direction of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) which presumably is in the Public Ministry (MP), he affirmed.
‘The people knows Varela not only received 700 thousand dollars from Odebrecht as donation in campaign during 2009’, said as he referred to what is published, saying that, once the campaign was over, his party received some 10 million dollars from the construction company, when he already occupied the post of Vice president of the country.