Court lets Martinelli insiders off the hook

Riccardo Francolini, of the Martinelli inner circle

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 the Second Superior Court of Justice on Friday, August 2, confirmed a lower court ruling that dismissed 22 people close to former president Ricardo Martinelli accused of crimes against public administration to the detriment of the state savings bank (CA).

The case is related to alleged irregularities in a loan of $9 million grant in 2012 by the bank to the HPC-Contracts-P & V for the construction of the Amador Convention Center which never happened.

The ruling of the Second Court favors  the former president of the board of directors of the CA Riccardo Francolini; former manager Jayson Pastor; and to the former vice president of Panama Felipe Pipo Virzi and Iván Clare and West Valdés, owners of the  scandal-ridden defunct  Financial Pacific brokerage,  the center of multiple corruption inquiries

Also off th hook are, Ricardo Arango Pezet, Ricardo Chanis Correa, Fernando Correa Jolly, Anastacio Ruiz De León, Elyonor Samudio de Ávila, Rodrigo Alonso Arosemena, Eric Quintero Ysern, Voldy Ivor Wedemeyer Ortega and Luis Jafet Díaz Bethancourth, to Mauricio Ortiz, Ricardo Alberto Calvo Latorraca, Manuel Antonio Morales, Luisa Sánchez Ovalle, Rolando López, Claudio Poma Murialdo, Tobías Garrido Nicolau, Jairzon Hurtado,

In August 2018, the Fourteenth Criminal Court, in charge of Judge Vilma Urieta, decreed the final dismissal of those charged.

Two weeks later the anti-corruption prosecutor, in charge of the investigation, appealed the judgment  before the Second Court.

Prosecutor Mojica Adecio Mojica said that they are evaluating possible actions.


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