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23 de Oct de 2020

Nacional

Ex-judge challenges super powers

A complaint has been made by a former judge against Panama’s anti-corruption czar, Fernando Nuñez-Fabrega, saying that the Executive Dec...

A complaint has been made by a former judge against Panama’s anti-corruption czar, Fernando Nuñez-Fabrega, saying that the Executive Decree that authorizes his so-called “super-powers” is unconstitutional and violates the authority of the Attorney General’s Office.

The complaint to the Supreme Court was made by Edgardo Molino Mola who said that the decree creating the National Transparency Council states that the Judicial Department and the Attorney General’s Office are responsible for investigating crime.

He said the Transparency Council should play no more than a consultation and advisory role, and that the czar’s powers should be limited to these functions and not duplicate the roles of the Attorney General and the Treasury. The post was created without following due procedures and violates the defense rights of those affected by his investigations.

Fernando Nuñez-Fabrega said that if he finds a crime he has to bring it to the attention of the Attorney General.