THE CD PARTY presidential candidate in the 2014 Panama election is under the spotlight of the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP) investigating money laundering and organized crime as the Odebrecht investigation widens.
José Domingo “Mimito” Arias whose vice-presidential running mate was Marta Martinelli, former First Lady and wife of ex-president Ricardo Martinelli.
Arias has had several meetings with prosecutors to try to explain the origin of funds for his electoral campaign, but his explanations do not seem to be very convincing reports La Prensa
His political strategists from Brazil, Mónica Moura And Joao Santana have confessed that this campaign was financed by Odebrecht, with more than $15 million .
The prosecution cites checks paid in favor of the company of the Brazilian couple issued by the company José Domingo Arias 2014, S.A., Issued by the company José Domingo Arias 2014, S.A., “funds of which there is no certainty of the lawfulness of their origin, “the accusers contend.
The Superior Anti-Corruption Special Prosecutor’s Office has asked the court to rate the investigations related to Odebrecht in Panama, specifically of Constructora Internacional del Sur, S.A., and the financing of the Domingo Arias campaign to rate the investigation “as an organized crime”.
Originally, the research was carried out under the theory of the commission of money laundering offenses and against the public administration. The request seeks, more time to advance the investigations carried out by the Public Ministry since it has the legal certainty that the company Constructor Norberto Odebrecht, … made payments to Panamanian officials for the sole purpose of guaranteeing the awarding of contracts for the construction of projects in Panama,” prosecutors say.
In their support, prosecutors contend that “we are in the presence of an organized criminal group, composed of more than three people, who have acted for several years, … it is an organization which has been operating since 2009, in which its members have interacted in the coordination, and collaboration of criminal acts by creating and using offshore companies to conceal illicit money, through the accounts which they maintained in different countries of the world “.
These facts show, say prosecutors, that they are in the presence of a ” Transnational criminal “, that attacked the economy and the order o the State.
Several suspects have been accused, among them, the director of Odebrecht in Panama, André Campos Rabello; The beneficiary of the Constructora International del Sur accounts Olivio Rodrigues Junior; Petrobras executives, convicted of corruption in their native country; Lawyers of the firm Rosas & Rosas; executives of Odebrecht in Panama, who received cash payments of monies deposited in bank accounts Of Rosas & Rosas, from Constructora Internacional del Sur, Juan Carlos Rosas and Rosa Mari Molino Paz and the The strategists Joao Santana and his partner Mónica Moura.
Moura and Santana signed professional services contracts with the party Cambio Democrático (CD) , whose founder is former president Ricardo Martinelli, arrested in Miami and awaiting a ruling on a petition for his extradition to Panama.