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Cochez requested to audit the last two National Assembly presidents for illicit enrichment

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PANAMA CITY .- The initiatives of former OAS ambassador Guillermo Cochez to address corruption in Panama continued this week after issuing the Directorate of Forensic Investigations and Audits of the Comptroller’s Office a request for their experts to carry out an audit of the last two Presidents of the National Assembly (AN). Cochez mentioned Deputy Adolfo "Beby" Valderrama, current General Secretary of the Panameñista Party, who was president of the AN in the legislative period 2014-2015, and the deputy Rubén de León Sánchez, of the PRD, current President of the AN and that has achieved the consensus to remain in office in the last two periods.

The attorney wants to verify if the assets of Valderrama and León have increased since July 1, 2014, when they took office as assembly members. For Cochez, this audit would be a suitable evidence for later filing a criminal complaint against both civil servants before the Supreme Court of Justice, for possible illicit enrichment.

Guillermo Cochez explains that his initiatives are due to the fact that in recent days it was known that the AN did not investigate in due time the management of 400 million dollars used by the deputies of the last period, under Ricardo Martinelli’s government. "With this lack of investigation, the prescription of crimes was allowed. It has been claimed in the current administration millionaire expenses that were misused by the deputies. Those responsible are the Presidents of the Assembly, in my opinion Valderrama and Rubén de León," said the attorney.

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