Panama MP asks two former presidents to go on trial in Odebrecht case – 05/27/2021

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Panama City, May 26 (EFE). – Former Presidents of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) and Juan Carlos Varela (2014-2019), in addition to former ministers and other politicians, are included in the list of 50 people who It was alleged that the Panama Public Prosecutor’s Office asked him to stand trial for the Odebrecht bribery case in the country.

The newspaper “La Estrella de Panama” on Wednesday published an excerpt of a request submitted to the judiciary last April by the Attorney General’s Office, showing the names of people to be involved in the case’s trial by the agency.

The list includes former President Varela, who was banned from leaving the country from July 2020 for alleged money laundering involving Odebrecht and obtained during the 2009 and 2014 presidential campaigns.

Martinelli, accused and barred from leaving the country since August 2020 for the case, his sons Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares, and the company belonging to the former president and the only legal entity in the case, Importadora Recarmar SA, are also integrated. List of prosecutors.

Martinelli’s two sons have been detained for nearly 11 months in Guatemala at the request of the United States, accusing them of money laundering offenses for their role in Odebrecht’s corruption scheme, and yesterday the Guatemalan judicial system called Luis Authorized extradition of. Enrique, 38 years old.

A lawsuit was filed against the Martinelli brothers in a federal court in New York, the same lawsuit ordering Odebrecht to pay a $ 2.6 billion fine in 2017, after pleading guilty to a bribe of $ 788 million. African countries to win bids in those countries.

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According to the confession of Andrea Rabello, former Odebrecht executive in the Panama’s Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, Martinelli’s two children received at least US $ 55.8 million between 2009 and 2014, which were deposited into accounts in various jurisdictions.

Or Case Odebrecht no Panama.

Last April, the Panama prosecutor’s office reported that it had requested to file a case for 29 people and called 50 individuals and a legal entity to go to trial in the Odebrecht case, accused of money laundering, a crime involving 5 A sentence of between 12 years was included. .

Among those called for trial are three former officers accused of the crime of “corruption of public officials”, which is a prison sentence of 4 to 8 years, the prosecutor elaborated in a statement without disclosing the names.

At the time, the Public Prosecutor’s Office stated that, during the investigation, eight award-winning agreements and 11 sentence agreements were signed.

Panama’s public ministry and Odebrecht signed an agreement in July 2017, under which the company agreed to pay a $ 220 million fine for 12 years.

The investigation of the Odebrecht case in Panama came to an end in October 2020 with suspicion of the possibility of the trial taking place, given the large number of defendants and the rules established by the law for their development.

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