- Twitter @PGN_PANAMA
The Nation’s Procurator General, Kenia Porcell, revealed the latest details of the investigation that her office has been carrying out since September 11, 2017 and that seeks to determine responsibilities for the laundering of 40 million of dollars in the unjawful payment to public officials through corporations, where construction companies and Panamanian banks would also be involved.
Porcell announced to the country, that in the case, cataloged by her since its inception as “a complex investigation with strong evidence”, the corporations involved are: Blue Apple Services Inc., Dover Agency Inc., Blanch International Inc., Nightmare Overseas Corp. and the Libuma Corporación SA, and the companies are related to: Constructora Conalvias SA, Constructora Meco SA, Constructora Rodsa SA, Constructora Bagatrac SA, Ingenería REC SA, GS Contractors (Grupo Corporativo GS SA) and Concepto y Espacios SAi
According to the information provided by the Attorney, there are 33 people linked to the crimes of corruption, money laundering and conspiracy to commit crimes, among them: former officials of the Ministry of Public Works and Ministry of Housing for the years 2011 and 2012 mainly, in addition to a former official of private banking, a private attorney and 7 businessmen.
“The facts that are being investigated have shown that former public officials of the Ministry of Public Works and the Ministry of Housing, demanded that employers in the construction sector that had contracts awarded with the state for the period 2011 to 2012, a percentage related to the value of the work, in exchange for the streamlining of administrative procedures for the execution of the work as well as disbursements of money from the state in favor of the respective contractor, otherwise, it would be difficult for the collection of work advances, among other conditions,” Porcell reported.
It was learned that the lawyer Federico Barrios and his wife Ana Mercedes Briones are being preventively detained since January 3, 2018 in the case of Blue Apple Services.
The Panamanian bank Global Bank, through a press release, established a position after the Public Prosecutor's Office (MP) related it to the Blue Apple Services case. The financial institution clarified that “at no time did Factor Global subtract invoices from Blue Apple Sevices or other companies cited in the process.” The bank assured that they complied with all the existing protocols and regulations in Panama and stated to be willing to continue collaborating with the investigations carried out by the MP.
Comunicado oficial: pic.twitter.com/KkEySS5a0d— Global Bank (@Globalbankpa) 16 de enero de 2018
Also José Raúl Mulino, lawyer, former chancellor, former Minister of Public Security and former Minister of Government and Justice also fixed a position on his Twitter account after the statements of the National Prosecutor, saying: “Nothing new in Blue Apple. The glosses report every day, and Odebrecht when? Are there only people from the past administration? They are already tired with the same concealing plot.”
Nada nuevo en Blue Apple. Las glosas informan todos los días. Y ODB cuando?? Solo hay gente de la pasada admimistracion?? Ya cansan con la misma trama encubridora!— Jose Raúl Mulino (@JoseRaulMulino) 16 de enero de 2018