Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Sunday, March 10, 2013

DOES ARREST IN SWITZERLAND MEAN THAT ITALY IS CLOSE TO CHARGING PANAMA'S PRESIDENT WITH CORRUPTION ?

Lavitola, Martinelli, and Berlusconi

There has been a new development in Italy's Finmechannica corruption case.  Reports from Switzerland state that local authorities, acting under the instructions of Italian law enforcement, have arrested Capriott Angelo in Zurich. Angelo is described as the head of the group that was to build modular prisons for the Government of the Republic of Panama.Valter Lavitola, the reputed bagman in that case, and who was convicted for his role as intermediary, where $670,000 in bribes were allegedly paid to Panamanian officials obtain business, is reportedly cooperating with the authorities. Millions more were reportedly paid overall. One wonders whether Italian law enforcement has been successful in tracing that money.

The question arises; does the Italian Government now have sufficient evidence to charge the Panamanian president with corruption ?  The contractor is reportedly cooperating with the authorities. Since it is assumed that Lavitola, who had personal dealings with President Martinelli, had enough information to arrest the contractor, will criminal charges finally be lodged against Panama's leader ?   

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