Attorney General moves to open probe into blackmail of judge

 
388Views 7Comments Posted 14/08/2018

Panama’s  Attorney General of Kenia Porcell followed up her report on a meeting with  interim Supreme Court President Hernan De Leon, by filing on Tuesday, August 14, a complaint with  the Prosecutor's Office of Primary Care to investigate the facts that were communicated to her by Judge Hernán De León on July 30, at an "informal" meeting in her  office.

De León confessed to Porcell that he is the object of "blackmail" because of a recording of him   that would be used to coerce and "knock down" the investigation  of  the former president Ricardo Martinelli accused of ordering the illegal wiretapping of political opponents, journalists and judicial figures.

Porcell made a public call to De León, to file a complaint for the recordings of those allegedly targeted.

"This is a primary obligation of the presiding magistrate, Article 112 of the Code of Criminal Procedure establishes that the offended party must present the complaint," said Porcell.

The prosecutor stressed that it could be a crime of possible violation of privacy. "I urge him to repeat and publicly say what he told me," Porcell said

"They recorded me, they recorded me”  she said the magistrate told her during a conversation they had held in private fourteen days ago and that came to light yesterday, after the head of the Public Prosecutor's Office decided to divulge it. .

The conversation between Porcell and De León would be related to the decision to be taken by the Plenary of the Supreme Court of Justice on the protection of guarantees presented by the legal defense of Ricardo Martinelli regarding his competence to continue with the process The ex- president resigned to his role  of deputy of the Parlacen. However, a ruling by the House ratified the decision of the  judge of guarantees , Jerónimo Mejía, that the trial against Martinelli will continue in the Court.

From El Renacer prison where he has been held since his extradition from the US on June 11, Martinelli immediately issued a denial of wiretapping the judge.

On  at least one of his appearances in court Martinelli in  an outburst promised to shake the country with his revelations.



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Andre Dill

It will take as long as it takes. Probably less than the Benghazi "witch hunt"! Just be patient....and occupy yourself with worrying about the midterms, after which 45 will be confronted with the same bs that the repubs fed to Obama for many years. But the difference will be the total and complete lack of forethought and self-control of the yellow haired buffoon which will probably drive him truly to his doom. Watch and then we can talk again...if you dare.

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Richard Charron

Right. 18 months into this witch hunt and not one connection to Trump and Russia. Let’s just give it another 5 years and see what happens. Maybe 10. LOL

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Andre Dill

The parallels with what is going on right now in the US are stark!! Even more stark, and hypocritical are the comments of rc and mh. "Sunlight is the only disinfectant"!! So true. So we can only hope that Ms. Porcell's actions finally lead to something substantive in the fight against corruption in Panama. But why can't you two trumpites apply that same mantra to 45??? Let's shed some light on his many misdeeds....tax returns, russian money laundering etc. Also the question of "how many others will be brought down" when the shit finally hits the proverbial fan. I really don't expect you two to recognize your own hypocrisy....but I do recognize the typical american superiority complex founded upon a fast fading empire imploding from within....a complex which allows you to pontificate on this country's woes like you alone have all the answers.....while in truth...you really have none of true value to this country. Why don't you just be quiet and stick to blowing the yellow haired buffoon's horn.

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mhogan

Only because it's easier to "hide" things in Panama and someone always has a hand out to help you obscure your bad deeds.

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mhogan

Whether you're in Politics or in Justice, you should be an open book. If you've got skeletons in the closet, they should be disclosed before you apply for office and let the voting public decide. If you don't declare all, anything that comes up in your past is fair game for disclosure and you should be sanctioned. As in all things to do with government, sunlight is the only disinfectant. Let the chips fall where they may and stop trying to hide behind a veil of "privacy". There should be none for all political/judicial figures--goes with the territory of the big salaries you earn.

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Myrna

Larger swamp and much more difficult to drain!

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Richard Charron

Are you beginning to wonder how many others will be brought down along with Martinelli. It appears Panama may have as large a Swamp as Washington DC.

10 months ago
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