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Former presidents Ricardo Martinelli and Juan Carlos Varela testify before the prosecutor for alleged money laundering

July 2, 2020

Former Panamanian Presidents Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) and Juan Carlos Varela (2014-2019) visited the headquarters of the specialized anti-corruption prosecutor this Thursday to testify in relation to two cases of money laundering.

As reported by the newspaper “La Estrella”, both arrived at 9:00 am (local time) between bumps and crowds at the headquarters of the specialized anti-corruption prosecutor who asked them to testify for the “Odebrecht” investigation and ” New Business “.

Although Varela, who has appeared, is connected to the corruption network of the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, Martinelli, which is related to the purchase of the Epasa group by public funds, he has refused to answer questions from prosecutors. .

Former presidents Ricardo Martinelli and Juan Carlos Varela testify before the prosecutor for alleged money launderingFormer presidents Ricardo Martinelli and Juan Carlos Varela testify before the prosecutor for alleged money laundering

Therefore, prosecutors have banned Martinelli from leaving the country, which is why he has to be in front of the agency on the 15th of each month. This measure was ordered by the public prosecutor Emeldo Márquez, according to the newspaper “La Prensa”. The former president, who has asserted that the case against him is the product of political persecution, has used Article 25 of the Constitution, which states that no one is obliged to testify against himself.

“I am the largest businessman in this country who pays the most taxes. If the law, the constitution and international treaties violate me, what will they not do with the rest of the investors?” the prosecutor’s office.