"I have nothing to say to the media,” said Supreme Court judge Cecilio Cedalise, days after the dissemination in the media of a draft ruling that he prepared and that grants a claim of unconstitutionality to former Panama president Ricardo Martinelli in the wiretapping case which has created a legal whirlwind.
Cedalise refused to give more details to the media covering the inauguration of the XX Ibero-American Judicial Summit, taking place in Panama October 21 - 22.
Supreme Court President Luis Ramón Fábrega, said: "To draw conclusions from a project that is simply what its word indicates, a project, is to look for a problem where it does not exist.
"You have seen what has come out in the media, I am not going to deny or confirm it," Fabrega told reporters about the draft ruling by his colleague "The eyes of the country are always on the Court, that is nothing strange," he added.
Fábrega remarked that the document prepared by Cedalise has not been put to a vote in the plenary session of the court and he does not believe that it will be discussed this week, as the magistrates participate in the judicial summit.
After the dissemination of the draft ruling, Cedalise sent a letter to the president of that justice corporation in which he demands criminal actions for whoever leaked the documents to the media.
The draft ruling would declare unconstitutional an oral decision, of July 4, 2018, issued by the then magistrate judge of guarantees Jerónimo Mejía. In that decision, Mejía rejected a challenge from Martinelli's defense, which questioned the holding of an accusation hearing in the wiretapping case.
Panama: Former Panama President Martinelli Does Not Have Impunity with... Guatemala Parlacen as a deputy member. I believe Martinelli gave up his membership to avoid the Supreme Court hearings. Yet, this trial essentially goes back to the Supreme Court which can be quite confusing. Magistrate judge of guarantees Jerónimo Mejía had quite a set of legal circumstances to deal with in this prolonged fight with Martinelli's lawyers' legal ambiguities.
Panama: Former Panama President Martinelli Gave up his Guatemala Parlacen membership. Gave up his membership to avoid the Supreme Court alleged crimes against him. A tactic that essentially back fired, as was part of Martinelli's lawyers strategic delay operation. At that point there was no mention of impunity, but Martinelli acts as if he still has impunity or has the mentality of an executive spoiled rich brat who will punch and bit his way out of anything!
Panama: Lawyers Question the Holding of Accusation Against Martinelli... Ongoing Delays. Magistrate judge of guarantees Jerónimo Mejía tolerated Martinelli's... (Long)... defense delay tactics and told them likewise in a warning to stop their delay tactics, it was obvious. 'Everything was unconstitutional' and the delay tactics was frivolous in my opinion. Delay tactic probably could continue on the basis of Martinelli's membership with... Guatemala's Parlecen as deputy with impunity from the Supreme Court to the Lower Court. Every delay tactic from Martinelli's defense was struck down with ample warnings. The leak was in favor for Martinelli come back for a corrupt law underground operation. Panama a Country of lawlessness with an untouchable, physically uncontrollable, oppressive [RUNAWAY]... former president who had to be extradited... [BACK TO PANAMA]... TO FACE TRIAL!!! A nearly 70-year-old, Martinelli who attacks a former president's brother, curses, lies, slaps and punches his victim to discredit the witness against him for exercising his citizen's right in a... Panama court! Martinelli's lawyer would say that is his constitutional right, one way or another! More delay tactic, so much for Martinelli's supporters who will eventually if... Martinelli is re-elected take away their wealth! Basically, ignorant of the facts!