Lawyer Brandao: Panamanian justice system is a shameful disaster

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  • Thu, 10/11/2018 - 17:22
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Panamanian lawyer José Nelson Brandao expressed his concern about the general state of the justice system in the Isthmus. In an exclusive interview with Panama Today he questioned the role of those who are called to be "just and fair" in the country. "The different press conferences of the Attorney General, where she reports the scandals of the Judicial Branch, the repression of the Prosecutors regarding the decision of the judges, the public conflict regarding who is telling the truth or not, ignoring the concepts of justice, are leading us to the irremediable conclusion that the justice system in Panama is a disaster and shameful".

In reference to the investigations published by the newspaper La Estrella, Brandao said that "all public officials involved must be accountable for their actions. It is not possible that the criminal proceeding is in the hands of individuals of a Security Council that are politically biased and that determine the legal details of the proceedings. If that reality that has been claimed as true and I do not question it, then the judicial system fell into a crisis for which the responsible public officials have to be accountable".

He fears that the political spiral within the justice system will continue. "Today they are the persecutors and tomorrow they will be the persecuted. This is the worst scenario that Panama can have, which needs credibility in justice," says Brandao

The lawyer said that "the bias in the investigations, the way they persecute each other and leave them unnoticed creates a bad impression as to what is really handled in the intrigues of the Security Council, the administration of justice, the preferential interests of investigators".

Regarding the appointment of the judges of the Supreme Court of Justice, Brandao said that, "we do not know if the appointment is for hearing a trial against Martinelli or if it is because the President has not had time or in the end we have not been given a reasonable explanation with which the contempt to the Panamanian public opinion is demonstrated".

He says that the justice and institutional crisis in the country also affects the common citizen, "this affects us directly, this defines our misery, this defines that there are no medicines in the Social Security Fund, in hospitals, and there is no job; this is the economic disaster of this country, the lack of credibility in Panamanian investment".

Brandao said that the new President of the Republic is called to guarantee a transformation of the system to help justice, peace and probity prevail.

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