Lest we forget, early on in his presidency, the former leader of the Republic of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, solicited, and accepted, a six million dollar bribe, and issued a casino license to an unacceptable license applicant, with international organized crime connections. The next time someone tells you that the corruption, and insider trading, charges pending against Martinelli are purely political, and not supported by fact, remind them about this case.
All the senior officials the in office in Panama knew about the circumstances surrounding the bribe, but being that they were all Martinelli appointees, no one objected. Panama should post a multi-million dollar reward for information leading to his capture and extradition; the public needs to see him in the dock in Panama City, to answer for his many crimes.
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