Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

SUPREME COURT OF PANAMA CONTINUES TO DELAY SWISS INVESTIGATION INTO MARTINELLI ROLE IN ODEBRECHT


The Supreme Court of Justice of Panama, after a period of six months, continues to fail to deliver, to Swiss authorities investigating alleged Odebrecht bribe money located in accounts there, information they requested. Considering that the targets of the Swiss investigation are believed to be the fugitive former president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, and his immediate family, there are suspicions that the delay is intentional, and deliberate.

Many of the justices of the Supreme Court were appointed by Martinelli, and are said to be loyal to him, most notably, the president of  the court, Jose´ Ay├║ Prado. Inasmuch as the removal of Supreme Court justices who fail to follow the rule of law is difficult or even impossible, they may take dilatory action, at their own discretion, without fear of adverse consequences. the case in Switzerland is now effectively stalled, due to the Panamanian judicial delays.

Many observers of the Panama scene are pessimistic about the future of the Odebrecht investigation, into bribes paid to former, and indeed, present, government officials, to obtain lucrative construction contracts.

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