On 19th September, Newsroom Panama reported that many of the 59 people charged in the Blue Apple bribery case were part of the inner circle of former President Ricardo Martinelli or had strong ties to his administration. These included his wife and 2 sons. It says that, in total, there are 50 people charged with money laundering, 10 for corruption, 1 for falsification of documents and 24 for illegal association to commit crimes; and many of the accused have already been investigated for other high-profile cases such as the Odebrecht scandal. Blue Apple Services Inc, was established in 2003 and opened accounts in Panamanian banks in which a group of constructors deposited money, was a company set up to receive bribes from companies bidding for government contracts 2009-14. The scandal appeared in 2017, following the Panama Papers and Odebrecht bribery revelations. On 16th September, it was reported that $35 million had been recovered, chiefly through agreements.
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