FORMER MINISTER of Social Development Guillermo Ferrufino and his wife Milena Edith Ferrufino Vallarino are heading to trial on charges of unjustified enrichment.
The decision was passed down on Tuesday, April 19 by Eleventh Criminal Judge Eduardo De La Torre López who concluded that, based on the evidence submitted by prosecutors, the couple could not justify the amount of money that they accumulated while in office.
An audit of the former minister's finances concluded that he had spent some $3.4 million during his term, while his income was $1.1 million. Ferrufinfo, who had a playboy image and at one time had presidential ambitions, flaunted his new real estate acquisitions on social media.
He has been in a cell in Police headquarters since March 2015 and is under investigation for two other outstanding offences related to corruption. Judge López denied a request for Ferrufino's release
T he judge decided to dismiss temporarily charges against several family members of the former minister,including Miguel Angel Herrera Marcos, Martha Elyna Herrera Marcos, Gaston Enrique Regis Ramos and Roberto Delgado Augusto Herrera.
Defense attorneys have claimed that the audit was performed by "inexperienced" professionals.
The judge also allowed prosecutors to investigate Fotis Lymberópulos, a friend of the former minister, for crimes against public administration. In a case related to the rental of helicopters by the ministry.
Is this article about the Panama Papers? I thought it was about a prosecution of alleged corruption in the last administration. What am I missing?
The ICIJ should be delighted that they have provided a pretext for a corrupt, repressive and expropriative government to extend its tyranny.
Everyone enjoys a witch hunt as long as it is not they that are being hanged as a witch.
Surely SOMETHING in the world, even in Panama, is newsworthy other than the "Panama Papers". I understand the leftist glee, but devoting 100% of space is a bit much, don't you think?