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Unconstitutional to maintain electoral immunity for former Panamanian president

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In this way, the ruler could face trial for the New Business case, an investigation that dates back to 2017 on the commission of a crime against the economic order for the irregular purchase of a media conglomerate.

During the ordinary session of the Plenary Session of the CSJ and under the presentation of Judge María Eugenia López, by majority vote, a ruling by the Electoral Court last March was declared unconstitutional, revoking a ruling by the Second Administrative Court that had decided to lift Martinelli’s electoral criminal jurisdiction. , after a petition presented by Judge Baloisa Marquínez.

In this way, the process for money laundering is opened again, attended by the lawyer Marquínez. The investigation consists of 164 volumes and began five years ago by the Public Ministry (MP).

According to the Prosecutor’s Office, the new disbursements in the New Business case were delivered by companies that in turn received contracts for different infrastructure works. All these actions were also carried out in the period 2009-2014.

The Arraiján-La Chorrera highway, the sports city of the Caribbean province of Colón and the construction of the new building of the National Assembly (Parliament), among others, stand out on that list.

The list of those called to trial has a common factor, and that is that most are state contractors in the Martinelli administration and are linked to other interrelated court cases, so New Business seems to be the piece of the puzzle. that unites them, affirmed the MP.

The financial transactions were carried out in accounts located in banks in the United States, Panama, Switzerland and China.

Martinelli, who frequently circumvents justice with arguments, faces other accusations for different cases of corruption, including bribes from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht -a public hearing scheduled for next September 12- and maintains the precautionary measure prohibiting the exit of the country.

Two sons of the former president (Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique) are in prison in the United States, after confessing that they accepted 28 million dollars in bribes from Odebrecht, forced by their father.

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