A judge found guilty of the crime of theft of public documents linked to the Financial Pacific investigation involving numerous high profile figures from the Martinelli era (2009-2014) will not be serving the jail sentence that was handed down.
The anti-corruption prosecutor Ruth Morcillo requested a sentence of 38 months (three years and two months in prison) for suspended seventh criminal judge Felipe Fuente. But r, the members of the court replaced the penalty with 500 days fine at the rate of five dollars a day, ($2,500)payable in six months to the National Treasury.
As an accessory penalty, Fuentes was imposed 20 months of disqualification of public functions.
"Here there are serious situations for the administration of justice," Fuentes said on his departure from the Accusatory Penal System of Plaza Ágora.
An investigation was opened to Fuentes last January for allegedly subtracting booklets from the High Spirit (Ricardo Martinelli)account file of the defunct Financial Pacific (FP brokerage
Fuentes was removed from his post last February, after admitting that he took the booklets "wrongly" for his house, and when he was going to return to his office they fell off the motorcycle he was riding.
The booklets were found by a citizen on the Arraiján-Panama road, at the height of Loma Cová, and delivered to the Public Prosecutor's Office and a criminal proceeding was opened.
This is not only incomprehensible, but infuriating. When Laura Michelle Reese is convicted with no evidence, testimony, or witness against her, condemned to languish in jail for the sake of hiding the guilt of those who so wrongfully accused, held, and prosecuted her, this guy walks free. There is evidence, he confessed, he participated in covering the corruption of theft from the public, he is guilty, but still the court chooses to overlook and forgive his transgressions. This is not the first case against someone with money or influence, to be ignored, while those without, suffer the full wrath of judges intending to create the image of administering the system. While the court was hearing his case, Reese's appeal sits unaddressed. Under such circumstances, there is nothing about this injustice that can say functional, equality, fairness, predictability, or justice, and there is certainly nothing here that could inspire confidence in the system.
What's a Booklet? They fell off the motorcycle he was riding...is this like the dog at my homework?