The above Judge sat down for a LaPrensa interview last week for the column "Knockout".
This story followed on December 30th.
Leslie Loaiza, fifteenth criminal judge, refused to accumulate in a single file the summaries followed to the former Minister of Public Works concerning Federico Suárez, for the alleged commission of crimes against the public administration, to the detriment of the Ministry of Public Works (MOP).
This was announced yesterday by the Judicial Branch in a statement. The document detailed that the decision was taken on December 30 through Auto 204.
In recent days Rosendo Miranda, defense lawyer of Suárez, filed a petition so that the case followed by the former minister for alleged irregularities in the construction of the Vía Brasil corridor, section II, work that was done by Spanish construction company FCC, was accumulated in the office of Loaiza, who is handling another process of Suárez, related to the extension of the Via Cincuentenario, work that was done by Odebrecht.
The case related to Vía Brasil is currently under the jurisdiction of the Eleventh Criminal Court. The Fifteenth Court also manages another case of Suárez, which is followed by an alleged cost overrun on Domingo Díaz, a work that was in charge of Ingenieros Civiles y Asociados, S.A. and the construction company Meco.
The Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office had filed an appeal before the court opposing the accumulation of the proceedings. He argued that "the facts and crimes charged are different in time, manner and place.
Loaiza, this time coincided with the prosecution. He said that the cases do not have the same defendants, together with the fact that they are different facts, committed at different times. "There is no connection between them."
He added that the aforementioned processes are at different procedural moments, and that accepting said petition "would violate guarantees and fundamental rights of the accused."
Loaiza has been in the public eye for the treatment she has given to cases where corruption is investigated. He has in his office 40% of the high profile cases in which corruption is investigated. Many of those investigated in these processes have been set free of charge.
In the Knockout published by La Prensa last Sunday, the controversial judge assured, for example, that he has his own definition of peculation, when he states that: “… I have authors who say that for there to be embezzlement economic heritage is referred to. The judges are independent in our discretion.”
This is the link to the Knockout interview if anyone wants to translate it.