Martinelli in brawl with prosecution witness

Ricardo Martinelli (left), Luis "Popi " Varela (right )

 
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Former president Ricardo Martinelli starred in a brawl on Monday, October 11 in the corridors of the courtroom where he is on trial for the unauthorized interceptions that took place in the last two years of his mandate (2012-2014).  

The altercation was with former deputy José Luis “Popi” Varela, one of the four witnesses that the Public Ministry has presented so far, in the trial of the former president

"He threw and we hit each other," Varela acknowledged to journalists.

 When Martinelli saw that the witness was talking to the media, he wanted to interrupt the interview, but the security agents guarding the First Judicial District of Panama prevented him.

The events took place, when Varela concluded his testimony, after three consecutive days of sworn statement, before the three judges that make up the trial court.

The judges declared a recess shortly before noon, to dismiss the witness and retire to lunch. It was at that moment, when they left the room, that Martinelli began to shout insults and profanity at Varela, who did not remain silent and responded to the expletives.

The exchange of screams and slaps continued in the hallway and continued to the parking lots when the security agents guarding the compound intervened reports La Prensa.

Varela was alone; Martinelli was in the company of his lawyers Sidney Sittón, Carlos Carrillo, Sherly Castañadea, Alfredo Vallarino, Jessica Canto and Roniel Ortiz. Everyone watched without intervening, but Canto repeated some insults her client-directed at the witness, particularly some related to his sexuality.

According to Martinelli, in addition to the insults, he had the opportunity to hit Varela. "He earned his fist," he said while some security agents surrounded him.

When Varela told reporters "we hit each other ... He threw me and I kicked him", in the background, one of Martinelli's lawyers replied: "he hit you."

"I have pity and compassion for you," Varela snapped.

"You are a drug dealer!" exclaimed Martinelli.

According to lawyer Sittón, Popi Varela's statement was plagued by “contradictions” and the witness accepted “that he did not see any communications interception equipment, much less an order from Ricardo Martinelli to intercept any person”.

Varela replied that Sittón is lying and that the lawyer "only had to ask me if I saw Mr. Martinelli opening the box when the Israeli pricking machine arrived." He added that Sittón is convicted, of slandering and insulting him, but by another process.

The former deputy is the fourth witness called by the prosecution. Earlier, a protected witness (a former CSN agent) appeared, who requested personal protection measures, given that he fears for his safety. The judges prohibited their name, voice, face, and testimony from being reproduced. However, that has not prevented the accused and his defense from constantly referring to him, on their social networks.



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George Klk

Panama: An Actual Fight... Deadly. At one time, Martinelli's lawyer was shot dead in broad daylight in the vicinity of his home! Apparently reported, the lawyer at one time was involved in drug operations. Yet, Martinelli says, Varela is a drug dealer. How would Martinelli know unless someone, maybe this one-time lawyer of corruption told him. Here's what we know... Martinelli used Israeli Pegasus spy equipment against the good guys of our legal system including Judges, Lawyers, business men and journalists. Martinelli has a drug dealer operator from the past as his lawyer who was shot dead. Martinelli released - [hundreds] - of prisoners and fled to Florida, U.S.A. Martinelli bought a mansion and yacht with money to be laundered for a sale in the U.S.A. Martinelli could operate out of his headquarter in Florida, U.S.A. with Ferrugia: Head banker. Martinelli is now worried about what his sons may reveal to the U.S.A. authority's investigation. Martinelli sons may implicate their father damaging his reputation for his campaign re-election. Martinelli has total control of Panama president Cortizo's government as the true power with an Italian, mafia controlled, underground - network - financial - economic operator. Martinelli used an underground pass word such as - THE BOSS - to obtain financial institution untold sum of money without question or an investigation with total non-Transparency! Martinelli use a hand delivered operation to have a large suitcase of money delivered to his door. All indications of a... POWERFUL FIGURE HEAD WHO CONTROLS THE... LEGAL SYSTEM, JUSTICES, LAWYERS, POLICE DEPARTMENT - (BONUSES/PACTS) WITH... EXECUTIVE PARDONED PRISON RELEASED POTENTIAL VOTERS FOR HIS UNDERGROUND POLITICAL OPERATIONS FOR THE MAFIA UNDERWORLD!!! Martinelli demonstrated at nearly 70 years of age he could man-handle his political accusers with physical aggression using slaps, fists and thrashing to hurt or even kill an opponent!!! Panama National Assembly just stands by waiting for the winner of this out come. The Global Community will need to intervene before the Mafia operation completely takes over Panama and kidnap the whole... FINANCIAL CENTRAL AMERICA MARTIME INDUSTRY WITH A TOTAL... STRONG MAN RICARDO MARTINELLI - POWER DICTATORSHIP!

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George Klk

Panama: Altercation Martinelli / Popi Varela - Link for viewers! Altercation between Ricardo Martinelli and Popi Varela in the Accusatory Criminal System. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKgtdq5gkqA&t=3s

3 days ago
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George Klk

Panama: Martinelli's Health... Perfect Specimen. Vital Signs: 1. Blood pressure 2. Heart rate. 3. Lungs. 4. Hearing. 5. Vision. 6. Cognition. 7. Good nutrition. 8. Balance and Coordination. 9. Social life. 10. Healthy skin. 11. Good hygiene. 12. Not drunk. 13. Good bones and teeth. 14. Walks on his own. 15. Family support is good / wife. So far, all his vital signs and a healthy social environment appears to be normal. Luis Varela accusations alleged crimes against former... Panama president Martinelli appears to cause a violent and physical outburst of aggression for his family... [Honor]! We know Martinelli jet plane was seized by the Guatemala authorities. We know Martinelli lost his $28 million payment to be received from his sons. We know Martinelli sons are detain in Guatemala awaiting extradition to the United States. Martinelli may be facing charges from the witness Luis Varela for invasion of privacy. Martinelli may lose his financial accounts with frozen assets by the legal authorities. Martinelli may not have the option to run for president of Panama for impunity against other crimes. Martinelli was known as the... LOCO... and a billionaire grocery tycoon. How many others around him did he thrash and throw physically based on his brute strength and power! Was this why he was called the LOCO! Martinelli walked into a bank and stated... THE BOSS... received untold sums of money, no questions asked. The Mafia BOSS with physical brute strength and power commands his front men underground operations! What does the Martinelli sons know? Once the Martinelli sons are extradited to the United States the global and financial institutions will know more about this mysterious... POWERFUL MAN ... and his underground operations!

4 days ago
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George Klk

Panama: Martinelli's Strong Back (Surgery?) Threw Luis Varela. Former President Martinelli (nearly 70 years old) threw a heavy man with his own back surgery! No painful back problems or need to go to the hospital after that aggressive wrestling fight. Loco - Martinelli was screaming at the top of his lungs... good strong healthy lungs and heart. Good strong hands, fingers and legs and coordination with perfect balance. No wheel chair or crutches, not even a bruise after the man-to-man aggressive fight! What power and stamina for a weak old man with back surgery, Mr. Martinelli! Security men had to hold him back before he was to throw Varela again with so much force! ALL... over one witness - Luis Varela on a beautiful sunny day! Behold your former Panama president... Martinelli - UNHINGED! Re-elect Martinelli for Panama president with more... POWER!!!

4 days ago
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George Klk

Panama: Martinelli's Strong Back (Surgery?) Threw Luis Varela. Former President Martinelli (nearly 70 years old) threw a heavy man with his own back surgery! No painful back problems or need to go to the hospital after that aggressive wrestling fight. Loco - Martinelli was screaming at the top of his lungs... good strong healthy lungs and heart. Good strong hands, fingers and legs and coordination with perfect balance. No wheel chair or crutches, not even a bruise after the man-to-man aggressive fight! What power and stamina for a weak old man with back surgery, Mr. Martinelli! Security men had to hold him back before he was to throw Varela again with so much force! ALL... over one witness - Luis Varela on a beautiful sunny day! Behold your former Panama president... Martinelli - UNHINGED! Re-elect Martinelli for Panama president with more... POWER!!!

5 days ago
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