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13 complaints against ex-president Varela and his VP

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Posted 13/05/2020

The Credentials Commission of the National Assembly decided is sending  13 complaints against former President Juan Carlos Varela and former Vice President Isabel De Saint Malo to the Public Ministry a

According to the Commission chaired by the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), deputy  Roberto Ábrego, this State Organ no longer has powers to investigate Varela and De Saint Malo.

According to the Political Constitution of Panama, the President and Vice President are investigated by the National Assembly, however, once they leave office they go to the regular justice system.

In the case of former President Ricardo Martinelli, who faced a process for illegal wiretapping during his administration, he was investigated by the Supreme Court at the beginning of the investigations, because he was a deputy of the Central American Parliament (Parlacen).

Upon resigning as  aParlacen deputy, his case was transferred to the Accusatory Criminal System. There were multiple complaints filed against Varela and De Saint Malo. The vast majority filed b

There were multiple complaints filed against Varela and De Saint Malo. The vast majority filed by former president Martinelli's legal team for crimes against honor and public administration.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/13-complaints-against-ex-president-varela-and-his-vp-to-public-ministry

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Diputados desempolvan denuncias contra Varela, las remiten al Ministerio Público

Aminta Bustamante
13 may 2020 - 11:45 PM

 

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Deputies dust off complaints against Varela, send them to the Public Ministry

Aminta Bustamante
May 13, 2020 - 11:45 PM

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Roberto Ábrego (Left), president of the commission, and Gonzalo González, secretary (Right.) Román Dibulet

The Credentials Committee of the National Assembly refused to analyze the complaints against former President of the Republic Juan Carlos Varela and former Vice President Isabel de Saint Malo and forwarded them to the Public Ministry (MP).

In a meeting that lasted less than half an hour, the Credentials Commission, led by PRD member Roberto Ábrego, dusted off the 13 accumulated complaints against said former officials. Ten of the files mention Varela and three mention De Saint Malo.

The majority of the complaints raise the alleged commission of abuse of authority and violation of human rights. Among them, one presented in 2019 by the lawyer Alejandro Pérez, in which he asks that they be investigated for the alleged destruction of the radars installed to combat organized crime, during the Ricardo Martinelli administration (2009-2014).

During the session, the independent deputy Juan Diego Vásquez explained that the commission rejected the complaints because they have no competence to attend to them. He questioned that the deputies of the last five years never analyzed them. "We hope that the Public Ministry fulfills its constitutional function of prosecuting crime when it finds it so."

The PRD Gonzalo González indicated that neither Varela nor De Saint Malo are deputies of the Central American Parliament, so the competence to investigate them belongs to the MP. The Constitution states in its article 160 that it is the responsibility of the Assembly to investigate the President of the Republic and his Vice President, while the Internal Regulations of the Legislative state that it is the Credentials Commission that must address the issue.

28 complaints against magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice are still awaiting analysis in the commission, which were not addressed yesterday. Along with Ábrego, Vásquez, and González, their colleagues from Cambio Democrático, Génesis Arjona and Raúl Rodríguez, substitute for Ana Giselle Rosas; the PRD Juan Esquivel, like Francisco Pancho Alemán, of the Liberal Republican Nationalist Movement.

 

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Among the complaints that will be sent to the Public Ministry is one filed by Florencio Barba Harta against Varela, for alleged acts carried out in the exercise of his functions as President of the Republic. Video: Román Dibulet. https://t.co/iZFv0PwHMZ pic.twitter.com/saxkp9pzsJ
    - La Prensa Panamá (@prensacom) May 13, 2020

 

 

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/diputados-desempolvan-denuncias-contra-varela-las-remiten-al-mp/

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The innocent don't run says Varela

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Posted 25/06/2020

"Innocent men do not run away",  says former Panama president Juan Carlos Varela, reacting to a complaint filed against him alleged of money laundering and illegal association linked to the Odebrecht case.

He said that his legal representatives would attend the evidence validation hearing, on Thursday, June 25.

The complaint was filed in July last year by lawyers Miguel Antonio Bernal and Sidney Sittón (a lead member of the Ricardo Martinelli legal team

In a letter, Varela makes an obvious reference  to  Martinelli who fled Panama the day after he left office  : Today's hearing is the media effort of powerful interests with links to corruption, which saturate the judicial system to distract us from their own judicial problems."

According to the note, released by the Varela communications office,  the hearing is not a trial, it is a regular hearing to validate information and " as he has done at all times, former President Juan Carlos Varela is cooperating with the investigators, despite the fact that the complaint has no merit. "

He adds that, in Panama, anyone can file a complaint without any evidence. There are no consequences for filing " frivolous complaints " and wasting the time and resources of the Public Ministry (MP).

"Juan Carlos Varela, like every citizen, has the same rights as any other  Panamanian," says the note, and that "they can invade their privacy, tap their phone, manipulate and distort their messages, file claims based on false information, and can use the media. communication-related to those powerful interests with ties to corruption to amplify their lies, but at the end of the day they cannot take away their rights or create facts that do not exist, ”the note says.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/the-innocent-dont-run-says-varela

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Setback for Varela defense at control hearing

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Posted 26/06/2020

The defenders of former President Juan Carlos Varela and former Housing Minister Carlos Dubois suffered a setback at the legality control hearing requested by the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office as part of an investigation being carried out for alleged money laundering and association to commit crimes..

In the reserved hearing, at the request of the Public Ministry and with the consent of the defense, Judge Irene Cedeño legalized countless tests provided by banking entities within the investigations, considering that due process was complied with without affecting or restricting fundamental rights. .

Marta Sánchez, the deputy prosecutor, said that the defense opposed the request to validate the bank information, however, the guarantee judge considered that none os the rights of of those named in the case had been violated.The Public Ministry participated in this hearing, which was represented by the Prosecutor Marta Estela Sánchez; Particular Technical Defense was exercised by Graduates Erasmo Muñoz and Cosme Moreno. Ms. Denise Ruíz acted as Public Defender.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/setback-for-varela-defense-at-control-hearing

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Most complaints from “lawyers linked to corrupt politicians”

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Posted 29/06/2020

Former President Juan Carlos Varela made  a less than 20 minute “voluntary” visit to the office of the  anti-corruption prosecutor  in the Odebrecht case on Monday, June 29.

The prosecutor is investigating a complaint against him for alleged money laundering and illegal association to commit crimes.

Varela went to the prosecution service "voluntarily" , according to his spokesman Carlos Estrada, four days after the judge of guarantees Irene Cedeño validated the evidence in the complaint filed by Sidney Sittón and Miguel Antonio Bernal, which also involved the former Minister of Works Publics and ex-treasurer of the Panameñista party, Carlos Duboy, and ex-diplomat Jaime Lasso and his daughter Michelle.

In the proceeding, Judge Cedeño argued that the seizure of data did not violate the rights or guarantees of the accused

According to Varala, he went to  the Prosecutor’s office with the intention of expressing that he is in the best position to answer any question on the subject of donations in electoral campaigns.

"I have come to put myself at the disposal of the Public Ministry, and answer any questions about donations for  our political campaigns," said Varela after  a  visit that lasted less than 20 minutes.

The former president said  that in his government works for more than $20 billion were tendered, "and not one is being investigated for a price premium."

More than 15 complaints filed against him ‘’have a common denominator of harassment and threats  Varela told waiting media.

“ Almost all of them come from lawyers linked to corrupt politicians and drug traffickers. They also come from the same source that has been harassing journalists, judges, prosecutors, and former judicial officials, as well as Panamanians, committed to building a decent Panama.”

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/most-complaints-from-lawyers-linked-to-corrupt-politicians-varela

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Ex-president Varela faces  money laundering investigation

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Posted 02/07/2020

Former Panama President Juan Carlos Varela (2014-2019), appeared on Thursday morning, July 2, at the Special Anti - Corruption Prosecutor's Office in the Odebrecht case, who summoned him to face an investigation for alleged money laundering while his predecessor, Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014). was attending an interrogation by the Second Specialized Prosecutor Against Organized Crime who called him to investigate the New Business case, about the purchase of the Grupo Epasa allegedly with public funds

"I answer to the Public Ministry, which has summoned me," said Varela when he arrived at the headquarters of the prosecution, shortly before 9:00 am, where prosecutor Ruth Morcillo was waiting for him. Minutes earlier, Martinelli had entered.

A week ago, in another process linked to Odebrecht that took place under the accusatory criminal system (SPA), the judge of guarantees Irene Cedeño validated the evidence in the complaint filed by Sidney Sittón and Miguel Antonio Bernal against Varela, and which also reaches the former Minister of Public Works and former treasurer of the Panameñista party , Carlos Duboy, and the former diplomat Jaime Lasso and his daughter Michelle.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/ex-president-varela-faces-money-laundering-investigation

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Second ex-president under country arrest

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Posted 03/07/2020

After a day-long interrogation on Thursday, July 2  special Odebrecht anti-corruption prosecutor  Ruth Morcillo slapped a country arrest order on former president Juan Carlos Varela, which means he cannot leave the country without judicial authorization and must report on the 30th of each month.

 Unlike former president Ricardo Martinelli, who earlier in the day received the same restriction, Varela did not take advantage of article 25 of the Constitution, which states that no one is obliged to testify against himself.

He answered questions from the prosecutor, who inquired about the money the Panameñista Party received from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

Those funds would have been used in the electoral campaigns in 2009 when Varela allied with Ricardo Martinelli to reach the presidential palace : Martinelli as president and he as vice-president,  and in 2014, when Varela won the Presidency reports La Prensa.

Jaime Lasso the ex-consul of Panama in South Korea, and close  to  the former president in  February 13 and 17 told the  Anti-Corruption Prosecutor, that he was the link to receive the funds.

According to the prosecution's investigations, Odebrecht's money went to the Panameñista Party through the Don James Foundation and through two companies: V-Tech and Poseidon Enterprises, all linked to Lasso.

Supposedly, with that money, the political group paid for electoral campaigning. Varela insists that the money is not the product of bribes, but "donations

No one above law
The ex-preaident  left the prosecutor’s office  at 6:40 pm "I  have come to comply with the summons from the Ministry earlier today. As I have said in all my speeches, no one is above the law. All citizens have to be responsible, comply with the laws of the country and, above all, when one is part of a process and is safe and feels sure of himself and his innocence, he must assume the correct procedural attitude: to appear, to answer, to clarify. Always be available to the authorities and that is what we are doing. This is what we are going to continue doing, ”he told waiting journalists.

He added that he will go to the prosecution as many times as necessary to clarify his innocence and answer any questions the Public Ministry has about the case. "And so comply with the country and strengthen the rule of law."

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/second-ex-president-under-country-arrest

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Ex-president Varela  returns to  corruption  investigation

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Posted 07/07/2020

While  much of Central America’s media attention was focused on the  Guatemala court appearance of the sons of a former Panama president on Tuesday, July 7    another former President Juan Carlos Varela, as at the Public Ministry (MP), for the extension of an investigation in the Odebrecht case.

Varela, upon arrival, said that he came in compliance to give statements, ready to answer any questions, accompanied by his legal team and all the relevant information that refers to questions.

" I am here to answer any question from the Public Ministry, like any citizen, an honest man does not run away, he shows his face, " said the former president.

According to Varela, for him, there is no better way to defend the honor than to appear before the authorities to answer any question. " I am one more Panamanian who is answering for my public life, the best legacy and defense that one can leave for your children is a name and if you have to come to clarify something you have to do it, " he said, adding that he will go to the Public Ministry as many times as required, because he is a responsible man and that he maintains the correct procedural attitude.

On July 2Varela  attended the investigation at the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office, which lasted more than eight hours. A precautionary measure to prevent Varela from leaving the country and reporting on the 30th of each month was applied.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/ex-president-varela-returns-to-corruption-investigation

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Ex-president faces third money laundering pro

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Posted 20/07/2020

Following on two previous marathon investigations totaling over 30 hours former Panama president Juan Carlos Varela arrived at the offices of the special anti-corruption prosecutor on Monday, July 21 for further questioning for alleged money laundering, related to bribes paid by the Brazilian Odebrecht construction company.

"In these sad, difficult, and complicated moments that the country is experiencing, I have come to comply with the authorities because it is my duty as a citizen," said Varela who is under country arrest with orders to report monthly.

He added that "in a democracy, respect for the authorities is part of the proper functioning." 

In past visits, Varela has claimed to be a man of "showing face" and not "running away."

 In a similar investigation. former president Ricardo Martinelli declined to answer questions and in others, ahs produced medical disability certificates.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/ex-president-faces-third-money-laundering-pro

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Ex- president faces third marathon grilling

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Posted 22/07/2020

Former President Juan Carlos Varela left the office of the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor investigating  Odebrecht bribes  at 7.15 pm  on Monday Jul. 20 after his third marathon session lasting 12 hors and must return July 27, to continue with the diligence.

Leaving the prosecutor Varela told reporters that he is linked to the process "mainly" by financing the two political campaigns in which he has participated in his public life: as a candidate for vice president of the Republic, in the 2009 election, already president of the Republic, in 2014. In the 2009 election, the payroll was headed by Ricardo Martinelli , who has also been summoned for investigation in this case, but has not appeared; Martinelli's last excuse was the presentation of a medical certificate that disabled him for 60 days, until the beginning of September.

Varela also said that this process is not related to his tenure as President of the Republic, from 2014 to 2019.

He said that he will go to the prosecution as many times as required and stressed that when his investigation before the Public Ministry ends, he will explain to the country all the information that links him to the facts under investigation.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/ex-president-faces-third-marathon-grilling

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