Bribes case could be reopened
PANAMA. The Supreme Court of Justice will analyze today the possibility of reopening the controversial case CEMIS, one of the worst rec...
PANAMA. The Supreme Court of Justice will analyze today the possibility of reopening the controversial case CEMIS, one of the worst recorded corruption cases in the history of Panama.
The request for the opening of the famous corruption case came from the Attorney General, Ana Matilde Gomez and several civil organizations that for years have been claiming justice.
The CEMIS case started in 2002, when the then legislator Carlos “Tito” Afu accused several of his colleagues from his own Revolutionary Democratic Party of receiving $6000 each to vote in favor of the contract-law between the Mireya Moscoso government and the San Lorenzo Consortium to develop the Services and Multimodal Industrial Center (CEMIS).
The investigations made by the Public Ministry seven years ago have shown that bribes were paid to legislators to facilitate the approval of the project.
The Public Ministry also discovered that alleged bribes were paid to secure the ratification of the Supreme Court judges Alberto Cigarruista and Winston Spadafora.