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Decision to appeal for Martinelli's writ of amparo is postponed

In a press release issued by the Supreme Court, it was possible to know, verbatim, that "file 1067-18 could not be considered, under the presentation by Judge Oydén Ortega Durán, since some amendments were presented to the bill, which must be reviewed by the rest of the magistrates"
  • EFE

After the appeal filed by the defense of Ricardo Martinelli to remove the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction in the case in which he is as accused, an answer is still awaited and this Thursday afternoon is the deadline to make the decision on the matter.

Various media have echoed the news with the same point: Fire test! For the magistrates of the Supreme Court it is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the autonomy with which they work and to erase popular thinking with respect to its connection with Varela, which they state is a direct bridge to the president's demands.

Oydén Ortega (magistrate rapporteur for the writ of amparo) and Mario Galindo (former Minister of Finance and Treasury), have left a favorable position to remove the supreme court’s jurisdiction, alleging that Jerónimo Mejía is no longer in the exercise stage of his position as magistrate, as well as the fact that at the time of Martinelli's arrest, the former president was not a deputy.

'I confess that I never agreed with the thesis of Judge Mejía, and so I told many people', Galindo told Eco Tv, according to La Estrella de Panamá.

Abel Zamorano, Cecilio Cedalise and Luis Mario Carrasco, substitute of Jerónimo Mejía, would be in favor of maintaining the jurisdiction in the Supreme Court, while Hernán De León and Wilfredo Sáenz, substitute of public prosecutor Harry Díaz, have not manifested his intentions to vote with respect to the measure.

Before a possible favor to the judicial branch, the defense of Martinelli could allege that Jerónimo Mejía is no longer in his legal period as a magistrate; however, this argument and the possible change of incumbent in the position would almost mean start the case from scratch, when taking into account that the evidence have not passed through the hands of the eventual new magistrate.

Given the possibility of refusal, Oyden Ortega himself would have made changes to the document to be submitted and, therefore, the Plenary of the Court decided to postpone this debate until the revisions to the news have been evaluated by each one of those in charge of the debate.

In a press release issued by the Supreme Court, it was possible to know, verbatim, that "file 1067-18 could not be considered, under the presentation by Judge Oydén Ortega Durán, since some amendments were presented to the bill, which must be reviewed by the rest of the magistrates".

The trial opened since June 11 against Ricardo Martinelli, continues to present obstacles and despite his deplorable health conditions, the former president has not had benefits nor his case has been expeditious, and if Jerónimo Mejía is changed at some point, the process of evidence verification would start from scratch.
 

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