Panama's Attorney General relinquish office after former president eavesdropping

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By Elida Moreno

Attorney General of Panama, Kenya Porcell announced he will leave office on 1 of January of 2020 after the alleged disclosure of private communications that have been stolen from the phone of the president, Juan Carlos Varela (2014-2019), including conversations with diplomats, businessmen, MPs, and former government officials last.

"I decided to submit my resignation from the position from the 1 January 2020 ... because I want an investigation done accordingly ... ", Porcell said during an interview with local Radio Panama.

The high court official said separate from the charge paid to the climate of transparency and impartiality of future investigations into the case he called "a serious offense" because it is a leak of private conversations.

"My interests as procurator are not above the interests of the country, the country is above the procurator and I think Panama ... ", said Porcell who is half a mandate 10 years.

Porcell's resignation comes days after his name appeared among the conversations leaked by the website, whose representatives are not identified, but they say collect messages via WhatsApp between 2017 Y 2018 of the "cellular lost" Varela, when he was still president.

Insider leaks have sparked criticism from various sectors, They are demanding an investigation and the resignation of Porcell, who according to messages on the website, He would have vented to the exmandatario details of high-profile cases, what is seen by analysts, Varela as interference in judicial matters.

In previous days Varela admitted that he was spied during his tenure and blamed his predecessor Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) illegally intervening private conversations.

The former president said that the information "has been distorted ..., altered and manipulated with the clear intention of causing harm ", It is according to a statement uploaded to their official Twitter account.

Varela said he did not rule out the possibility of suing the alleged perpetrators to disclose their private conversations without permission.