OPINION: Panama’s court of impunity

The Supreme Court
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OUR SUPREME COURT is a sham. Several of its members cling to the defense of high-profile offenders, favoring them by always finding a comedy, a technicality, an excuse or a nonsense that prevents justice from determining the innocence or guilt of the accused. Again and again, they scorn the desire of Panamanians that justice be done. Some magistrates who are ready to block processes until the accused recognizes the authorship of the crime on national television, brandishing stolen money. The same thing happens with the accomplice who reveals  the accounts where the stolen money rests. This is the Court of impunity: its rulings are the most pitiable expression of servility; its arguments, so generous and accommodating, like that of renting consciences. In the end, its actions only serve defendants whose assaults go unpunished. The criminal that plundered this country in recent years has found a powerful ally in the Court, knowing himself protected with bugs like the script of a bad comedy. For this reason, the Court is our greatest disappointment, especially for its more recent members, whose first act was to run to elect the king of juggling and status quo. [Ayu Prado]They did not even conceal; they made it clear that they are more of the same rather than part of the much-desired change that the country demands. This is legal incest They let us know clearly their essence and their mission. And the  Court guarantees us that the corrupt are free to make their particular deals , and these magistrates, their unconditional pawns. Its members know  no shame.; they talk about ethics in international forums; they travel to make public their ignominy disguised as justice, while accumulating files. With each failure, the country recedes. But the worst tragedy is not that impunity in Panama, but our indifference. La Prensa Oct.10

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