Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Saturday, July 16, 2016

PANAMA'S CORRUPT CHIEF SUPREME COURT JUDGE WILL NOT ACT AGAINST OTHER CORRUPT JUDGE WHO DISMISSED 25 DRUG CASES

The Chief Justice
José Ayú Prado, the untouchable Chief Justice of the Panama Supreme Court of Justice, has publicly refused to take any action against an allegedly corrupt auxillary member of the judiciary, Yoideth Chirú Manrique. Judge Chirú is under investigation, after she ordered the immediate release of twenty five defendants, who were charged with narcotics trafficking. Observers, with legal backgrounds, have stated that there was no legal basis for the release of the defendants, and unjustified dismissal of charges.

 Suspicions that the multiple bribes, paid to Chirú, to facilitate the release of the 25 drug trafficking defendants, were shared with Ayú Prado, have Panamanians up in arms over the scandal. Notwithstanding his involvement in several major bribe and kickback scandals, neither the president of Panama, nor the local equivalent of the judicial qualifications commission, which is toothless, have been able to remove the Chief Justice from office.

Most Panamanians, who are now asserting that there is no possibility that Ayú Prado will be forced to step down, have concluded that President Juan Carlos Varela's Rodriguez' much-anticipated reform government was a paper tiger, with no real intention to take down the judges that are taking bribes, hand over fist, to fix cases, and are waiting for the next government to actually conduct much-needed reform. They are ready for Varela to leave office, but that unfortunately will not occur until July 1, 2019.


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