Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014), after several extensions that have served him not to testify before the anti-corruption prosecutor in the two investigations against him, until at least next September he was unable to work.
Martinelli first practiced this medical disability on July 2 when he was asked to appear in the “New Business” case for the alleged purchase of Editora Panamá América SA (EPASA) by public funds.
His cardiologist Gabriel Frago declared him incapable of working until July 3 for the purpose of these appearances, although he later extended it to July 10 and will now treat him until September 6, according to the Panamanian newspaper “La Prensa”.
The public ministry is also investigating Martinelli and his successor Juan Carlos Varela (2014-2019) for suspected bribes from Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction company that plays in a bribe payment system across the continent in exchange for public works that prolong its tentacles.
Martinelli’s children Ricardo and Luis Enrique were also arrested in Guatemala last week for being charged with money laundering in the case of the Brazilian construction company. The Guatemalan judiciary ordered his pre-trial detention pending extradition.