Powerful forces in the Republic of Panama, smarting due to the exposure of several of their own to major bribe charges, in the Odebrecht case, have resorted to the usual Panamanian response to charges, what we call in North America "shoot the messenger." Kenia Porcell, the Attorney General of Panama, has been placed under investigation, due to allegations of Abuse of Power. A former deputy of Porcell has been assigned the judicial investigation.
Whether this investigation, obviously initiated for purely political reasons, and not for breach of the law, disrupts, or even kills, the Odebrecht $59m corruption case, cannot be estimated, but it will, at the very least, delay matters somewhat. Ex-president Ricardo Martinelli, and/or Panama's Syrian organized crime syndicate, are the probable actors in requesting the investigation.
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