Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares are part of a group of 250 inmates who enjoy all kinds of privileges in the Mariscal Zavala military prison, in Guatemala, where they have been detained since their capture, on July 6 awaiting Extradition to the United States to face money laundering charges which if proven could earn them jail terms up to up to 60 years without the comfort reported last week by the digital news site Relato
In an article headlined “Sex, liquor, and privileges,” they explain the life of the Martinellis in the Guatemalan prison, in which they report the benefits enjoyed by Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique, given the good relationship that they allegedly maintain with Gustavo Alejos, private secretary in the presidency of Álvaro Colom.
The account describes Alejos as "the strong man of the prison" and the Martinelli Linares brothers would be his "protégés".
The website warns that, although the prison is far from being a luxury military base, there is a wing branded as the VIP prison, which houses the "criminal royalty" of the country. The two Panamanians are there, thanks to their closeness to Alejos. The children of former President Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal "cling tooth and nail to their new residence," where they would enjoy the same privileges as former Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina (accused of millionaire fraud against the State) and the rest of the "criminal royalty of Guatemala ”, according to the published note.
"Everything has a price and whoever can pay the most lives better ... For two foreigners like the Martinelli brothers, the cow is milked monthly," says Relato, adding that Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique would supposedly pay $50 thousand a month as "right floor ”.
In addition to this monthly payment, the money also circulates in payments to the guards, so that they can send them their "parcels": purchases in supermarkets, coolers, liquors, orders at Uber Eats, and all kinds of cravings and whims. "At the access gate, you can also see women stationed waiting to be admitted," says Relato.
The Martinelli Linares brothers are required in extradition by the United States, which accuses them of allegedly conspiring to launder money and conceal information on money laundering. Luis Enrique also faces charges for the alleged use of money obtained through money laundering.