Panama interested in recovering money linked to the case of the children of former President Martinelli

Panama interested in recovering money linked to the case in which the United States follows the children of former President Martinelli, the brothers Luis Enrique and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares (Photo file courtesy)

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

Panama formalized its interest in recovering the funds resulting from the judicial process that the United States (ME) follows two sons of the former Panamanian president, Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014), both pleaded guilty before a US judge to money laundering associated with an international bribery scheme of the Brazilian company Odebrecht.

The Office of the Attorney General of the Nation said that it "formally communicated" to the US Department of Justice last 10 December that he would seek to recover the money in question as a way to "defend the interests of the Panamanian State", according to a statement.

Panama as a "crime victim" seeks the "... restitution to our country of the proceeds of the crimes or any sum equivalent to the goods or proceeds of the crime that have been, or in the future they will be confiscated as a result of the criminal process ... against Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares, Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares and others ", assured the Panamanian Attorney General.

Ricardo Alberto was extradited to the United States from Guatemala on 10 from December, a few days after his brother Luis Enrique, both to answer for the case related to the bribes of Odebrecht .

Ricardo Martinelli Linares pleaded guilty before the Judge of the Eastern District of New York, Raymond J. Dearie, for their participation in the crime of money laundering as part of the massive bribery and money laundering network.

The diplomatic headquarters added that according to court documents, Ricardo Martinelli Linares admitted to having conspired with his brother, Luís Martinelli Linares and others to create offshore bank accounts in the name of front companies to receive and cover up more than 28 million dollars in bribes from Odebrecht to benefit his close relative, a high-ranking official of the government of Panama ", quote the note.

In 2016 construction company Odebrecht pleaded guilty to paying more than 700 millions of dollars in bribes to government officials, public servers, political parties and others in various countries of the region, including Panama, to secure contracts.

In the case of Panama, the criminal proceeding on Odebrecht bribes is pending the preliminary hearing.