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06:40  03 july  2020
06:40  03 july  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Panama City (AFP) - Panama 's last two presidents , Ricardo Martinelli and Juan Carlos Varela, faced questions from prosecutors Thursday, each on charges of corruption and money laundering . Prosecutors have charged Martinelli with corruption over the so-called "New Business" case in which

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Two former presidents of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) and Juan Carlos Varela (2014-2019) were charged Thursday for "money laundering" after appearing before the prosecution.

Ricardo Martinelli "has been charged with money laundering for the purchase of media," Roniel Ortiz, a lawyer for the former president, told AFP.

The Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office confirmed to AFP that Mr. Varela was charged with money laundering in the Odebrecht case, the Brazilian construction giant, who admitted to having paid bribes to many Latin American political leaders in recent years.

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Former Panama presidents face corruption charges . Author: AFP|Update: 02.07.2020 19:18. Panama 's last two presidents , Ricardo Martinelli and Juan Carlos Varela, faced questions from prosecutors Thursday, each on charges of corruption and money laundering .

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-Judicial control-

Under judicial control, Mr. Martinelli must not leave the country and must report to the judicial authorities every month.

"I am angry. This is an endless political persecution. It is a case in which I have never been cited before, which has no reason and no basis: they want to implicate me to annihilate me ", stormed the former president before the press after his appearance.

Mr. Martinelli is suspected of having bought a press group with public money during his mandate.

The former president, extradited by the United States, was already acquitted in 2019 of the accusation of spying on his opponents in Panama and abroad, after having spent two years in preventive prison. His name has been mentioned in multiple corruption scandals for which a dozen of his ministers have been arrested.

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- Financing of electoral campaigns -

The Special Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office also heard on Thursday former President Varela on alleged illegal financing of electoral campaigns, including his successful presidential campaign, by the Brazilian group Odebrecht.

"I came to respond to the summons to the prosecution, and to answer any questions that may be asked of me," said Mr. Varela before questioning.

The investigation "has nothing to do" with his action during his mandate, but relates to donations for electoral campaigns "in accordance with the law", assured a press release from the office of ex-president Varela.

The two former right-wing presidents heard by the courts on Thursday are former political allies: Mr. Varela was the running mate of Mr. Martinelli when he was elected in 2009. But the two men fell out in 2011 with the dismissal of Mr. Varela from the government of Ricardo Martinelli.

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The convocation of the two former presidents "can mean, if we are a little optimistic, that the institutions are necessary and that nobody is above the law", commented for AFP Mr. Carlos Barsallo, leader for Panama from the anti-corruption NGO Transparency International.

-Justice decried-

However, "being realistic and careful, and given previous experiences, we must wait to see real and final results", he immediately added, recalling that in Panama so far imposed "impunity".

The government of current President Laurentino Cortizo (center left) last year appointed Attorney General Eduardo Ulloa, who specializes in corruption and financial crimes, to try to improve the image of Panamanian justice. , much criticized by civic and union organizations.

In the past four years, nearly 30 corruption cases have been investigated in Panama, but no convictions have been handed down against high-ranking officials, and several procedures have been dropped for defects in form or quashing of evidence .

"Actions against impunity and against corruption are gaining momentum," however commented for AFP Carlos Lee, the president of the Pro Justicia Civic Alliance.

"Citizens demand that the justice system investigate those involved in corruption, regardless of the positions they have held," he added.

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