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Public Prosecutor’s Office decides on raids to resolve Odebrecht case

Odebrecht's case, which has damaged the reputation of many government officials in Panama, has become a problem for public prosecutors and attorney general Kenia Porcell.
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Odebrecht's case, which has damaged the reputation of many government officials in Panama, has become a problem for public prosecutors and attorney general Kenia Porcell.

When the Public Prosecutor's Office noticed that setting a deadline of several months for people who had information from those involved in bribes with the Brazilian company to provide information did not produce the necessary results, other measures were imposed.

The Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, responsible for carrying out the investigations into the case, ordered fifteen steps to identify and locate people and property linked to the bribes paid by the construction company Norberto Odebrecht, since September 4.

The judicial investigation body explained that they are orders to produce a prisoner, raids, visual inspections and investigations.

Through a press release, the Public Ministry reported that the proceedings are "the first phase after the signing of agreements, receipt of information, documents and evidence, results of international assistance, and prosecutors’ investigative activity, confirming in a convincing way the truth of what happened in the Odebrecht case".

The last cases of raids include the cases of government former ministers, all during the administration of Ricardo Martinelli; Frank de Lima, Demetrio Jimmy Papadimitriu, Jaime Ford and Riccardo Francolini. In turn, most of these characters are held in pre-trial detention while continuing investigations.

According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, these raids are carried out to investigate the payment of at least $ 59 million in bribes made by the Brazilian construction company to Panamanian officials and politicians during the administration of President Martinelli.

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