Two months after promising to evaluate the situation President Juan Carlos Varela has taken no action over the future of two directors of the Panama Canal (ACP) who are under criminal investigation
Nicolás Corcione and Henri Mizrachi in addition to not fulfilling their functions as members of the board of directors, as they have not attended meetings are being investigated by the Prosecutors against Organized Crime for possible money laundering, in the “New Business” case in the purchase of the Panama America publishing group, reports La Prensa.
Varela promised to obtain a report to know what actions can be taken.
An ACP Law, says that it is the responsibility of the President with the agreement of the Cabinet Council and the National Assembly, to suspend or remove from office those involved in a fraudulent crime or against the public administration.
Corcione and Mizrachi, appointed by ex-president Ricardo Martinelli have not attended meetings for at least eight months.
The Organized Crime prosecutor’s office has asked Interpol for their arrest, as part of the investigation into of money laundering in the New Business case
related to the alleged use of public funds to buy The Panama America publishing group.
According to ACP reports, the last time Mizrachi attended board meetings was
on June 19, 2017, while Corcione appeared on August 10 of that same year.
On December 5, President Varela said that the future of Corcione and Mizrachi would be evaluated. In order to “protect the image and legal structures of the ACP, He said he would request a report from the Presidency legal team.
The National Transparency Authority (Antai) has requested a report of the attendance of Corcione and Mizrachi, It was sent by Antai director Angelica Maytin, to ACP president Roberto Roy, and asked for their attendance records since 2015.