Today, the US State Department has designated former Panamanian President Martinelli, and close family, because, it says, that he , it says, accepted bribes in exchange for improperly awarding government contracts during his tenure as the President. This on the same day that his 2 sons, who returned from prison in the US yesterday, were due in court in Panama to face further charges. Martinelli joins the Vice-President of Paraguay, Hugo Velázquez, and the former President Horacio Cartes, for alleged corruption.

Meanwhile, in other news, 11 new cases of monkeypox take the total to over 100, to 110 in fact. At the same time, the increase in malaria cases has led the Ministry of Health (Minsa) to set up an operations centre against malaria to coordinate strategies that will be carried out to deal with the disease.

26 JANUARY 2023

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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