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Odebrecht in Panama: Many names and few charged

To date, the names of the 43 indicted by the Public Ministry involved in Odebrecht’s corruption case in Panama have not been formally revealed
  • EFE

To date, the names of the 43 indicted by the Public Ministry involved in Odebrecht’s corruption case in Panama have not been formally revealed. However, according to different allegations of state officials and opponents of the government of Juan Carlos Varela, they have ensured that there are culprits on both sides.

Since last week, characters such as Rodrigo Tacla Durán, involved in the Odebrecht bribe structure, mentioned in an interview with a Spanish newspaper that the Panamanian president “could have received money from the Brazilian construction company”.

Although his statements have not been judicialized, this has been added to a series of allegations made several times by one of the attorneys of Panamanian former president Ricardo Martinelli, Sidney Sittón, who assures to have evidence in his power that implicates the now Panamanian president with the Odebrecht case.

On the other hand, according to research in the United States before the bribe network of the Brazilian company, there was a former Panamanian official who held a high position during the government of Martín Torrijos (2004–2009) and who today is ‘collaborating’ and revealing everything there is to know about how the payments were made.

Also, in Panama there are investigations of the children of the former president Ricardo Martinelli.

When other countries have advanced in investigations and punished several of those involved in Odebrecht’s case, the Panamanian prosecutor’s office and the current national government have shown no signs of progress with investigations.

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