José Ayú Prado, the head of the Supreme Court of Justice in the Republic of Panama, has inexplicably been named the Goodwill Ambassador of Panama, to the Organization of American States. This judge has been charged in no less than thirteen cases, and faces removal, prison time for accepting bribes and other unlawful compensation, and probably eventual money laundering, for seeking to hide his ill-gotten gain in real estate purchases.
Ayú Prado personifies all that is evil in the totally corrupt Panamanian justice system. If he didn't have incriminating information on the sitting Panamanian president, Juan Carlos Varela, he would be in a prison cell. Unfortunately, the universal corruption that pervades Panama prevents true reform, because the reformers are themselves dirty.
Panama is unable to clean itself up; no wonder its citizens have begged the United Nations to step in. it will remain blacklisted for foreign investors, North American retirees and pensioners, and any businessman who wants to operate in a country where the rule of law is respected.
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