On 2 July, France 24 reported that Panama’s last 2 presidents, Ricardo Martinelli, 68, and Juan Carlos Varela, 56, faced questions from prosecutors on 2 July, each on charges of corruption and money laundering. Prosecutors have charged Martinelli with corruption over the so-called “New Business” case in which a publishing group was allegedly purchased with public money during his 2009-14 term. Varela was questioned about alleged illegal donations to his political campaigns from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht during his 2014-19 term.




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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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