PANAMA. Panama’s Supreme Court has unanimously approved the re-opening- of investigations into one of the country’s biggest corruption ...
PANAMA. Panama’s Supreme Court has unanimously approved the re-opening- of investigations into one of the country’s biggest corruption scandals in recent years.
President Ricardo Martinelli, the Attorney General, Ana Matilde Gomez and civil associations had asked the Supreme Court re-open the multimillion dollar corruption case, in which several Revolutionary Democratic Party legislators allegedly received $6,000 each for approving a contract between the State and the San Lorenzo Consortium to build the Multi-modal, Industrial and Services Center (CEMIS) in Colon.
The judges’ decision was reached on Wednesday, during an extraordinary session.
The matter will be sent to the Public Ministry for further investigation, before warrants are issued against the alleged culprits Carlos “Tito” Afu, Mateo Castillero, Joseph Rodin and Steven Jones for the crime of corruption as well as the bribe allegations to secure the appointment of Winston Spadafora and Alberto Cigarruista as Supreme Court judges during the Mireya Moscoso Administration.
The project was aimed to decrease the unemployment in the Colon province, but was shelved after the Carlos “Tito” Afu made the bribes allegation against his colleagues.
President Martinelli said that he was happy with the decision of the court of to re-open the case that has been waiting for resolution since 2002.