Biggest businessman in country” boasts Martinelli facing crime probe

 
469Views 11Comments Posted 02/07/2020

Former  Panama president  Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014)  remained defiant claiming to be the country’s biggest businessman when he arrived at the office of the Second Special Prosecutor' against Organized Crime, to face an investigation into alleged money laundering . in the case known as New Business, involving the purchase of the Epasa Group  (Publishers of Panama America and Critica allegedly with public funds.

Martinelli arrived at the office, in the Avesa building, on Via España, at 8:40 am, accompanied by a team of lawyers, bodyguards, and a spokesman reiterating the long-established “political persecution” mantra.

 He claimed the application of the specialty principle contained in the extradition treaty agreed in 1904 by the United States and Panama;, and accused prosecutors "of responding to former Attorney General Kenia Porcell," who resigned in December and was replaced by Eduardo Ulloa.

“I am the largest businessman in this country, the one who pays the most taxes. If the law, the Constitution and international treaties violate me, what won't they do to the rest of the investors? ” said Martinelli according to La Prensa.

Martinelli insists on the application of the specialty principle, despite the fact that the United States - through its embassy in Panama and the US State Department - has indicated that this principle is no longer in force because the former president has traveled outside of Panama since September of 2019.

Leaving the country is one of the exceptions to the specialty principle, as stated in the 1904 bilateral treaty.

The specialty principle implies that Martinelli could not be prosecuted for cases other than the one for which he was extradited by the United States, in June 2018: that of illegal wiretapping of political opponents, journalists and lawyers, .In this case, in August 2019, a court declared him “not guilty”, a decision that that is under appeal.

Ronier Ortiz, one of Martinelli's lawyers, sent  a written " warning " to the prosecutor against Organized Crime, in which he maintains that his client "has not renounced his principle of specialty."

On  Thursday, Martinelli told reporters that he will succeed in the New Business case, as he said - with the one involving the punctures, because they are "mounted" investigations.

Since December 2019, the United States has reported that Panama is free to prosecute and try Martinelli for other cases and there are at least six others waiting in the wings.



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Snake Pliskin

Precisely jb. There were approx. 13 former Clinton associates that mysteriously died.

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Jbbrown

once one of these Millionaires starts paying the Colombians to knock off opposition, judges and prosecutors then the charges will go away. This is the way of 3rd world countries..... and the Clintons!

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Gringo Bait

"If I'm found guilty, crooked investors will stay away" - that pretty much sums it up - Well said Observer The problem is we will have to wait years for the final answer, as this clown (Martinelli) keeps the circus (the Panamanian Justice system) running in circles, infinitum

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OBSERVER

What have these remarks from foul-mouthed readers got to do with the Martinelli investigation?. His boast can be translated as: "If I'm found guilty, crooked investors will stay away"

1 month ago
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Snake Pliskin

Look at Martinelli's jacket in the picture. He already kidnapped La Prensa's jacket.

1 month ago
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casual observer

no shit!

1 month ago
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jbbrown

I'm just a troll

1 month ago
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Tomcat

What does that make planned parenthood? Brown you put some disturbing images in my head. Too graphic but as usual you are correct.

1 month ago
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Veraguas

I had never thought about it honestly. I dated a girl in college who had an abortion. Uuuyy now I gotta go shower and brush my teeth. Thanks alot Brown. Going to lose my lunch thinking about it.

1 month ago
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Seaview

Brown you really give pause to stop and think. I never considered it that way. It's disgusting. These women are tainted for sure!

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Jbbrown

Isn't it great watching nasty leftists battle it out? That's why leftist women are so unappealing because they are NASTY! By 20 years of age most have had at least one abortion as a right of passage. How nasty they are! Who wants to be with a woman who has had human corpses dragged through her vagina? Really stop and think about it how can you be intimate with something like that? These leftist vaginas that have had so many dead human corpses pass through them. Disgusting but totally normal for democrats. They never have met a perversion they would not embrace! I think they should be referred to as corpse holes not vaginas!

1 month ago
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