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27 de Ene de 2022

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CEMIS case back to the fore

PANAMA. Panama’s crusading attorney general Ana Matilde Gomez has requested the Supreme Court of Justice to reopen the CEMIS corruption...

PANAMA. Panama’s crusading attorney general Ana Matilde Gomez has requested the Supreme Court of Justice to reopen the CEMIS corruption case denounced by legislator Carlos “Tito” Afu in 2002.

The lawmaker became famous when he retrieved dollar bills from his pocket at the National Assembly and placed them on his desk as he denounced fellow lawmakers (some of whom are still in the National Assembly) of accepting bribes in order to approve the CEMIS project, a 400 hectare development in Colon.

Seven years later, Gomez wants the case reopened because of new proofs and multiple requests by the Ethics and Citizenship Foundation and other civil groups.

According to judicial sources, the Court will decide whether to reopen the case by March 19.

If that is the case, the Court could be asking the Electoral Tribunal to lift immunity from legislators Afu, Hector Aleman, and even PRD presidential candidate Balbina Herrera.