The judges for Martinelli’s case are defined

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  • Wed, 02/13/2019 - 19:39
Caso Martinelli
  • EFE

The three judges who will judge former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli in the case of alleged wiretapping were defined by the Judiciary, for the oral trial next March 12.

The trial court was constituted by judges Roberto Tejeira as president; Arlene Caballero as rapporteur; and Raul Vergara, reported on Wednesday the Judicial Branch.

The selection was made "under the principles of publicity and transparency" and in "an equitable and random distribution, by the Second Judicial Office of the Accusatory Penal System (SPA), of the First Judicial Circuit of Panama", indicating a brief official statement.

The Judiciary recalled that next March 12 is the date on which the trial hearing was set for Martinelli for the crimes "against the inviolability of secrecy and the right to privacy, and against the public administration in different embezzlement forms."

The trial against the former Panamanian president, who was detained in a minimal security prison and who repeatedly claims to be innocent, and is the object of "political persecution" that he attributes to the current president of the country, Juan Carlos Varela.

The change decision of the natural judge forced to delay the beginning of the trial, established at first for last December 11 by the magistrate Jeronimo Mejia, who acted as judge of Guarantees in the intermediate stage in which the evidence that will be presented were validated during the oral debate.


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