The Second Criminal Superior Court has denied an appeal requesting the annulment of a money laundering probe of Riccardo Francolini former chairman of the State savings bank who has a quiver of corruption arrows aimed at him.
The rejection concerns an investigation of money transfers made by the company Jal Offshore Ltd . through an investment account held in the scandal ridden defunct brokerage Financial Pacific (FP).
In an October 5 ruling, special alternate judges Alina Hubiedo and Zaida Cárdenas confirmed the decision of the 14th Criminal Court, which took the case, on July 16..
The magistrates considered that the prosecution practice after the expiration of the investigation period was not a ground for annulment of the process
as argued by Francolini in the appeal, through his lawyer Carlos Carrillo who is also a member of the Martinelli defense team in the wiretap trial
"In this regard, it is important to clarify that the proceedings or proceedings carried out outside the term established in Article 2033 of the Judicial Code are not sanctioned with nullity ...", saids the ruling.
Francolini is linked to the case -according to the prosecution- because through the company
Goldline Overseas Business, SA - of which he is the final beneficiary - $250,000 was transferred in favor of the Jal Offshore investment account in Financial Pacific.
The prosecution suspects possible of money laundering in the transactions received by the Jal Offshore Ltd. account, because they came from persons and companies that were not linked to the account.
On May 21st, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor ordered the detention of Francolini, but
the 14thh Criminal Court granted him a $100,000 bail
Seventeen 17 other people, are linked to the investigation including six ex-directors of Financial
Pacific, the former vice president Felipe Pipo Virzi facing numerous probes, and Cristóbal Salerno who has already been convicted in a multi-million dollar corruption case. All have close ties to Martinelli.