Brazil.- Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli denies the judge to charge commissions for the award of works

He says he is unaware of the companies that the investigators identify as the vehicle for the alleged bites


The one who was president of Panama between 2009 and 2014, Ricardo Martinelli, has denied this Friday in his statement as a defendant before the judge of the National Court Ismael Moreno that he received any commission for the award of a series of public works to a consortium headed by the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

In a very brief statement, of just half an hour, which was made by videoconference and in which he only answered his lawyer’s questions, Martinelli assured that he did not receive money for awarding the works of lines 1 and 2 of the Metro and from the City of Health of Panama to the consortium led by Odebrecht, of which FCC was also a part.

Likewise, the former president has indicated that he is unaware of the existence of a series of merchants that the researchers indicate as the instrumental companies through which the money would have moved, according to legal sources consulted by Europa Press.

Martinelli was indicted for alleged crimes of money laundering and corruption in international transactions after the Criminal Chamber of the National Court admitted last April an appeal made by the International Baltasar Garzón Foundation (FIBGAR) in this regard.


According to the account of the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, the corruption system that is being investigated in Spain consisted of oversizing the supply of steel for these works and, in addition, billing it at double its price to allocate that extra money to alleged bribes that are they would have camouflaged themselves with those shell companies in an international circuit of bank accounts.

The case was opened in 2017 as a result of a complaint against an Odebrecht legal advisor for the possible commission of crimes of money laundering, bribery and criminal organization committed between 2009 and 2015. The Brazilian construction company would have used Spanish companies to launder the alleged bites.

The head of Central Court Number 2 of the National Court has charged FCC Construcción SA, FCC Construcción Centroamérica SA and Construcciones Hospitalarias SA, which formed the aforementioned consortium with Odebrecht.

Judge Moreno believes that the FCC companies may have been involved in events that may constitute crimes of corruption because, “presumably, they knew about and participated in the dizzying generation of cost overruns in the contracts for the supply of steel for the Metro de Panama and the Hospital City of Clayton “.

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