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22 de Jan de 2021

Nacional

Detained ex-Minister wants out

PANAMA. In an attempt to cancel the preventive detention order against ex Education Minister Belgis Castro, an habeas corpus petition h...

PANAMA. In an attempt to cancel the preventive detention order against ex Education Minister Belgis Castro, an habeas corpus petition has been submitted to the Supreme Court by his defense lawyer, Carlos Carrillo.

Carrillo said there were inconsistencies in the arguments presented by the Prosecution office against Castro.

“There are irregularities that have no relation to the charges. The detention order was signed a day before with a written petition from the Education Ministry”, said Carrillo. Victor Benavides is the judge who will decide Castro's fate.

The preventive detention order against the former Minister caused heated reactions from his political party, the Revolutionary Democratic Party (PRD) that accused Martinelli's government of being authoritative and vengeful. Pedro Miguel Gonzalez, PRD's third secretary said the Executive pressured the proceedings to obtain preventive detention.

With the habeas corpus submission, the defense strategy seeks to declare Castro's detention illegal and seek house arrest.