PANAMA’S justice system sits close to the bottom of the country’s assets, with the widely endorsed perception that corruption starts at the top of the judicial ladder and permeates downwards not in a trickle, but like a gush of black water from a broken IDAAN pipe, staining all within reach from lawyers fattening their purses and bellies with obstructionist moves on behalf of inner circle clients poised to flee the country, down to the traffic cop taking coima, from a complicit motorist.
Two bizarre twists have surfaced this week in the ongoing saga with almost as many twists and turns than a day of Trump Tweets.
Just when you thought that ex-president Ricardo Martinelli’s extensive legal team had run out of options, as he sits in a Miami cell without even a smartphone to twiddle his thumbs, he has come up with the suggestion that he resign from Parlacen, the do-nothing regional hideout for washed up politicians, looking for another cookie jar, that he once described as “a den of thieves” and vowed to abolish Panama's participation if elected.
Instead, he led his own gang, outnumbering Ali Baba’s 40 to build their own treasure cave.
When his presidency ended, he did a quick flip-flop and rushed to enrol in Parlacen as a firewall against prosecution, and ensuring that as a sitting member, any attempts at prosecution would have to wend their way through the Supreme Court, well fortified with his appointees.
Then came the extradition process, his arrest and near six months detention, which allowed time to consider abandoning the thieves parlour and maybe give him another shot at dodging extradition to face in the first case (wiretapping ) a potential 20-year sentence, with a dozen other cases sitting in the wings. His well-heeled lawyers agreed. Like stockbrokers, win or lose, they will get paid.
When the worm turns
Meanwhile, Riccardo Francolini, a Martinelli business buddy who when serving as head of the board of the State bank, Caja de Ahhoros, referred to Martinelli as “the boss”. Others have preferred to use “capo”.
Francolini, facing multiple corruption charges in a Pana-net of Martinelli insiders, some of whom are now finding their singing voices, has decided to file a $6 million libel case against the anti-corruption prosecutor in the Odebrecht bribery scandal. $6 million is small change in the cases in which Francolini figures,
Maybe one day it will all make a Netflix series which will have to be labeled fiction.
Do you think Obama wants to stay relevant in the hopes the Dems will gain steep majority in the House and vote to change the Constitution to allow for a past president to be elected again? Perhaps if there is a major world war, he thinks Americans will want someone with experience in the White House and he might be called upon to act as leader again, to calm the crises they proclaim is the doing of Trump? I can't think of any reason for his actions, but certain they mean something.
This "Shadow Presidency" is no fluke. I am no conspiracy theorist, however there is definitely something sinister in the works with Obama. Don't discount the hand of Soros in all this. He is the finance arm of the "Shadow Presidency". I think Obama still believes he can "sweet-talk" the EU into denouncing President Trump at every turn. The fact is some of them have but Trump frankly doesn't care what they think. You have to believe that Obama is not sleeping well at the moment with the success President Trump is having in recovering from his failed time in office.
Richard, the LEFT are in total denial. They all seem to be suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome. Useless to point "reality" to them because they are so out-of-step that they can't accept that Hillary lost and that the Shadow-President (Obama) is so afflicted by the loss of his legacy that he needs to show relevance by retracing the steps Trump makes in meeting with foreign leaders, as an ex-President. Now, I ask: is that low-class as well as pathetic, or what?
They don't understand his humor because they are just not intelligent enough and are too busy hating him.
Where do you guys get this shit from. You need to change news sources. The middle class is getting tax relief, Medicare is not even in the talking points and neither is Medicaid. As to income it has already been on a slight rise since President Trump's took office. Unemployment is at an all time low, employment is on the rise, stock market also at an all time high, consumer confidence at the highest level in 17 years, hundreds of onerous regulations have been rolled back, the GDP is at 3.3% while Obama averaged 1.2% and never even hit 3% once. As to the groper in chief those comments are below even you. Nobody has ever claimed that President Trump groped them. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare for you idiots) will begin it's total demise with the passage of the Tax Bill. Part of the bill eliminates the mandatory insurance tax or penalty whatever you wish to call it. If this is doing badly we can only hope the just keeps doing what he is doing for the next 7 years. He has even earned a new-found respect for our country from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and is in the process of perhaps finally getting a peace deal put together for the Middle East. Not bad for a rookie "politician". Perhaps you should put your petty bias aside for a while and reflect on is really happening. You may not like his mannerisms or his ego but damn the man is getting the job done. That's what we elected him for.
I am the spreme optimist so I have to believe that the american people will wake up and smell the bs that trump is laying. When his only success, the ridiculous tax cuts, finally hit the pavement and all of his middle america base finds out that they have been royally screwed, that should do the trick. But I am also a realist. Middle america(45's base) is comprised of some of the most ignorant people in the world, so when they see no tax break, no medicare, no medicaid, no pay rise etc. they will likely still blame HC!! But, as groper in chief says, america will be great again. Karma......you get what you deserve. Unfortnately that applies to Panama too.
Look inward? You must be mad. I hear what 45 says and more important, I see what he does: NOTHING. No legislation since inauguration. Only attempts to undo what Obama legislated, passed, and did. The ego of 4 is larger than the Presidency of the USA. 45 deserves every bit of ridicule he has earned. 45, the crotch grabber, was, is, and will remain the buffoon great white hope.
I think you misunderstood my post. Far from a Trump hater.
yes. all of you Trump haters are blinded by the fake media. I only read this site because it is in English The Trump Hater who writes this blog is shallow minded and cannot command any respect from people who are actually informed.
Look inward before condemning Trump’s idiosyncrasies. Everyone who posts in this site vets frustration, expresses an unfiltered opinion (sometimes valid, other times not), tries a shot at a little levity, and usually they result in ridicule. So, just because a man is President of the US, he can’t tweet if that’s his choice? I see it as no different than what we do, on this site with one big exception: many here use a pseudonym to hide an identity whereas Trump doesn’t. He may have some crazy ideas at times (but every one of ours is bursting with profoundness...not). I think any man who is willing to shoulder the burdens of the USA deserves an outlet to keep sanity. And I think most of the tweets reflect a rare form of humor which so many who criticize him for it cannot understand. That’s “his” vetting — let him enjoy it.
While there is concern regarding the greatness of the U.S. president, or the lack of it, and the resolution of Panama's political and judicial corruption, there are also real people, who have been victimized by the system. Laura Michelle Reese has been the victim of the police, attorneys, prosecutors, and judges, who have persisted in condemning her, based only on a system that allows them to guess she 'had to have known' the criminal acts being committed by her husband, when he was away from her. Panama has delighted in entrapping a U.S. citizen, scheming first to justify her detention for 7 years without evidence, then condemning her to cover their lack of finding evidence. The fat cats have recourse and wiggle room, but the jails also contain those who do not have these luxuries while the system uses them to pump up their egos, justify their incompetence, and cover up their corruption.
President 45 is an imbecile loved by the ignorant hoping he is the Great White Hope. He is a beached whale and will be remembered as the very worst eer elected to the USA Presidency.
"a day of Trump Tweets." A classic case of TDS (Trump derangement syndrome) Do you ever wonder how boring life would be without President Trump to vilify, ridicule, threaten etc. The great part of all this is as they mock and ridicule him he is cleaning their clocks and getting things done. That my friends is the "Art of the Deal". Three cheers President Trump.