Ineffective audit lets ex-Minister off one hook, more waiting

252Views 1Comments Posted 08/11/2018

An “ineffective”  audit by the Comptroller General led a Criminal Court judge to declare  a case against  the former Minister of Social Development, Guillermo Ferrufino null and void.,

He had been charged with the rental of helicopters with funds from the now-defunct National Assistance  Program (PAN), during the previous administration.

In a ruling dated November 8, Judge Leslie Alberto Loaiza alleges that the punishable act is not

proven "because the audit of the Comptroller General of the Republic is ineffective." Therefore he

admits a nullity incident presented by Ferrufino's lawyer and, consequently, declared the process against the former minister null and void.

In this same case, Judge Loaiza had already ordered the file of the criminal case in relation to the former director of the PAN, Rafael Guardia Jaén, who had signed an effective collaboration agreement with the anti-corruption prosecutor of discharge Javier Miter Burgos, in which he confessed to crime against public administration. when  State entities paid for flight hours of helicopters that did not materialize, according to the procedures that the Second Anti-Corruption Prosecutor made at the time.

Ferrufino who spent two years in preventive detention before being moved to country arrest, during which he was booked for impaired driving, He is still not finally off the prosecutor's hook, as other corruption charges are pending.

The former Minister is not totally off corruption hooks as the decision is being appealed and he is facing three other criminal proceedings. He is called to trial in two cases, for unjustified enrichment in the Eleventh Criminal Court and for corruption in the Thirteenth Court.

The First Criminal Court has yet to decide whether to call him to trial for money laundering.

Comments 1

George Klk

PANAMA | CRIMINAL NULLITY IS ONLY THE TESTING GROUND...ESCAPE Swarm of criminals and swarm of charges inevitably brings sentences and justice. Sentences and justice brings a perfection to the "due process" against the defense. Swarm of criminals of the National Assembly may want to purchase a yacht for... Houdini "Yacht Escape to the Caribbean Sea" into the sunset like their forebears. Panama National Assembly Yacht purchase for the right price. Panama hottest ticket promotion..."Yacht Escape to the Caribbean Sea". Panama will have the greatest love fest tourism industry to see the... Greatest show on earth..."Panama's Yacht Escape to the Caribbean Sea" Puerto Rico is now the next best tax haven for business billionaires. Business billionaires just live there from a plane fare..."A few minutes" Watch the greatest escape on earth from the... Panama Seas...Caribbean Seas...Sunset Ocean Seas...Great monorail discounts. The Saga...adventures...The great story telling adventures in the making. Hoodwinks of the Panama Supreme Court Justice...Hollywood movie style. May catch the Panama President Yacht after his term in office. The greatest story on earth...."Panama/China 25 non transparent agreement". China's revolutionary best kept secret, take over of the..."Global Trade Industry". Women from all over the world escape persecution and take over the White House. Watch the greatest deal on earth happening at the Panama Canal Tours.

5 months ago
The comments are the responsibility of each author who freely expresses his opinion and not that of Newsroom Panama.
Please enter a valid email.
Please enter username.
Please, enter a valid message.
Please validate that it is not a robot.