Prosecution will request precautionary measure for Martinelli

 
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After the ruling of the Superior Court of Appeals that annulled the sentence that declared former president Ricardo Martinelli not guilty of illegal wiretapping lawyers for the complainant victims will ask to apply precautionary measures to the former president, to guarantee his appearance at the new trial.

David Cuevas, the lawyer for Rosendo Rivera, Rubén Polanco, and Juan Carlos Navarro, said that after the ruling made known last Friday, the plaintiffs in this process have reached a consensus to request a precautionary measure against Martinelli, to prevent him from evading the new trial

Lawyer Carlos Herrera, Mauro Zúñiga's lawyer, also agreed on the need to request a hearing to apply a precautionary measure to Martinelli.

Meanwhile, Ricaurte González, who acted as prosecutor, said he was satisfied with the decision taken by the Superior Court of Appeals.  was also in favor of discussing whether a precautionary measure is possible for the accused.

Martinelli was detained in preventive custody for a year in El Renacer, until June 12, 2019. He was then imposed house arrest, lifted on August 9, 2019.

Before that, he spent a year in prison in Miami, awaiting extradition.

The cause invoked by the Court of Appeals of to annul the decision to declare former President Ricardo Martinelli “not guilty” is supported by the third point of article 172, of the Criminal Procedure Code: in the pronouncement of the sentence of the August 9, an "erroneous application of the law" was made, which substantially influenced the ruling.

Although Ronniel Ortiz, from Martinelli's legal team, indicated that they will use all available legal resources, other lawyers consider that there is no room for appeals against the decision of the Court of Appeals, and what follows now is to set the date of the new trial.

Former judge Raúl Olmos believes that the most that the defense could aspire to appease the court's decision is to request a clarification of the sentence or present constitutional guarantee protection before the Supreme Court, alleging the violation of any right.

But first, the Judicial Office of the Accusatory Criminal System (SPA) is required to notify the parties and set a date for the new trial.

However, the SPA has already shown few signs of speed in this regard. In the list of hearings, dates have been set up to 2022, even 2024. This fact, according to Olmos, indicates that there would be no short-term date.

It is for this reason that Carlos Herrera Morán, the lawyer for Mauro Zúñiga, one of the victims of the punctures, argued that the Judicial Organ must take the necessary precautions to prevent delays that lead to impunity in such an important case. Up to 150 people were affected by the interceptions carried out by the National Security Council (CSN), in the last two years of the Martinelli government.

Herrera Morán described the ruling of the Superior Court of Appeals as historic since it showed that judges Roberto Tejeira, Arlene Caballero and Raúl Vergara made a poor assessment of the evidence endorsed by Jerónimo Mejía, when he served as a magistrate judge of guarantees, from 2015 to 2018.

According to Herrera Morán, the recent ruling reveals that in the administration of justice there is a group of judges who adhere to the Constitution and the law, and another “genuflexer”, who moves away from independence.

Herrera Morán requested the audio allegedly with the voice of the former president, which circulates on social networks, be investigated, in which it is ensured that the Court of Appeals changed its decision hours before the order to call a new trial was made public. This will be done with three new judges who will be selected by the SPA Judicial Office, through a lottery.

The prosecutor in the Ricaurte González case assured that now everything returns to the beginning and the interrogations made in the 2019 trial must be practiced again.

González, although he is assigned to the Intellectual Property Prosecutor's Office, acts as a prosecutor for this case, which he advanced when he was in charge of the Second Prosecutor's Office against Organized Crime.

According to Ortiz, the process against the ex-president has a political origin and "as well as the manipulation of evidence during the first trial, they will do it the second time." He alleges that the protected witness was manipulated and trusts that all this will be weighed up by the new judges.



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George Klk

Panama | Political Policies Not Conducive To Businesses. Business exec's usually will discuss ways to cut taxes or increase taxes for jobs or programs. Panama policy trends is more conducive toward foreign contracts and political campaign ties for the benefit of profits and re-elections. Corruption at this stage does nothing to secure the national security of Panama. Instead creates a free for all, monopoly board game of roll the dice disguises. Next administration did not even address the issue of the notorious calamity of the greed within the administration with shortages of medicine and the Social Security fiasco. Panama elect experts reorganize the problematic nature of the lack of funds and totally neglects the various corruption control of the state funds by political leaders. A laid back cattle rancher, whose income is not staggering compared to other elected officials will not involve himself on those types of complicated matters, but instead enjoy the millionaire status wealth of his allowances provided for his services to Panama. U.S. Presidents do not enjoy this kind of enormous wealth and sometime cast it aside as donations and sometimes just use it to cover their campaign corruption mishandling. Panama on the other hand would do nothing of a kind and instead rely on impunity laws. Panama does not have the structure for a business setting political economy improvement. Martinelli has the years 2024 ahead of him with more court delays with another presidency in the running for exactly and again, more impunity according to the precautionary measures of Panama News Room recent article. The political policies of Panama is nothing more than a roll of the dice... unfortunately and it appears nothing...nothing can be done about this. One form or another of corruption will become evident with more suppression of the freedom of speech and it appears a dictatorship will soon be on their doorstep. A new Panama canal expansion...a new form of government body wealth! New vehicles for the Panama National Assembly deputies and senior scale payrolls are well established in their rankings, as long as they're re-elected. Christmas times are coming, keep up the tradition for the election free hams.

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George Klk

Captain Gotcha: I'm not able to delete unless there is another way. Maybe you can help this poor sole with the limits of your hurtful stupid criticism. I guess I need to explain everything to you since you know so much about everything. Why don't you just lay off and ply your insolent trade on cartoon clown commentaries. Matter of fact, if I do complain about your abuse...they will kick both of us out of their Newsroom Panama freedom of speech you don't appreciate. One little commentary with a little comparison and you just don't get it. Like water dropping on a rock. Okay, let's spend all day every day at this. I can play your stupid games and just makes us look like idiots you remind me of Donald Trump, yes really.

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George Klk

Captain Gotcha: I'm not able to delete unless there is another way. Maybe you can help this poor sole with the limits of your hurtful stupid criticism. I guess I need to explain everything to you since you know so much about everything. Why don't you just lay off and ply your insolent trade on cartoon clown commentaries. Matter of fact, if I do complain about your abuse...they will kick both of us out of their Newsroom Panama freedom of speech you don't appreciate. One little commentary with a little comparison and you just don't get it. Like water dropping on a rock. Okay, let's spend all day every day at this. I can play your stupid games and just makes us look like idiots you remind me of Donald Trump, yes really.

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George Klk

Gotcha Captain: I will disappear from your life forever because you are not very nice. Delete...delete because i am tired of your cry baby jelousy.

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George has let rip with a full 50 line diatribe following the reappearance of NP. Usual rubbish and George get over that Chinese restaurant will you please. Seems a fixation of yours and no we don’t need repeats . Agree I also hoped for a server upgrade as well but I strongly recommend Panama Times as it’s got an excellent server and crisp print format. Plus Brown hasn’t found it yet.

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Panama | Understanding Political Espionage...Wire Tapping! Martinelli / Israel strategy for total control of information. Martinelli facts: (Domestic) 1. Former President Martinelli may have come from a family of brothers and sisters. 2. Martinelli may have soon realized, how family members talked among themselves. 3. Martinelli may have wanted to control his brothers and sisters early on. 4. Martinelli grocery business allowed him to become very familiar among businessmen. 5. Martinelli may have invited businessmen to talk about government policies effecting their business operations while at his grocery night lounge business area. 6. Martinelli grocery business allowed him to become very familiar among businessmen. 7. Martinelli would have enticed businessmen with promises to pay less taxes and earn more money. 8. Martinelli as president, asked the U.S. for their advanced wire tapping technology. U.S. refused leaving Martinelli to canvass Israel with advanced wire tapping technology. U.S. / Israel strong partners against extreme Muslim / Palestinian terrorist activities. 9. President Martinelli new his cover may be exposed and provided a monthly $100 allowance to the poor. 10. Martinelli created various political delay tactics including the release of hundreds of inmates to gather support for his underground wire tapping network and maintained a membership with Guatemala's Parlacen. China strategy for total control of information. Varela / China strategy for total control of information. Varela facts: 1. Former President Varela may have come from a family of brothers and sisters. 2. Varela may have soon realized, how family members talked among themselves... under the influence of alcoholic beverage. 3. Varela may have realized how businessmen talked about government policies effecting their business operations while at a nightclub or a bar. 4. Varela may have invited many businessmen and financial executives to his alcohol family business. 5. Varela would have enticed businessmen with promises to pay less taxes and earn more money. 6. Varela / brother managed to win a, Yacht to questionable gambling practices on the internet. 7. Varela may have invited businessmen on his Yacht to discuss political matters. - Out to sea confidentialities. 8. Varela as the president, was invited overseas to China...business deal and alcohol beverages. 9. Varela wanted money but needed to provide China with information, information and information before any deal. 10. President Varela worked out a deal; a construction bridge with a... $50,000,000 restaurant replete with (Advanced - Huawei 5G network and U.S. wire tapping technology). 11. President Varela after his term in office was exposed and the... Panama bridge / China restaurant deal was cancelled with reduction in costs by the new Panama President Cortizo administration. 12. President Varela new his cover may be exposed and provided a monthly $100 allowance to the poor. Panama political leaders use information as a ticket and license to do political maneuvers and contractual construction deals disguised with elaborate espionage information gathering equipment. Reminder of how the Nazis provided cigarettes to the Jews in concentration camps before their capture by the U.S. military forces during the war. Former president Martinelli was able to immediately work out a deal for the... Pegasus wire tapping equipment and had broad powers and control over Panama as a result of his quick thinking! I have made many repetitions to demonstrate the similarities of two very similar approaches to the previous presidencies grab for power, money and fame. The repetitions was necessary and it is basically a comparison for a logical and easier understanding of the...facts. Hopefully, this will open up an easier understanding for the global corruptions we see at the government levels and provide better data for legal prosecutorial work.

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Well NRP glad to see you back but was really hoping you were updating your Commador 64 server. But life is full of disappointments

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