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Martinelli’s case officially goes to a regular public court

Martinelli’s case officially goes to a regular public court
  • EFE - Archivo

The writ of amparo applied in the case of Ricardo Martinelli on December 7, fulfilled the task sought by the defense of the politician after knowing that the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) declined to continue with the case, this information was known this Friday and will be transferred to an Accusatory Penal System Court (APS).

In this ruling, as reported by local newspaper La Estrella de Panamá, all related to the case and carried out by the case’s judge of guarantees, Jerónimo Mejía, will be accepted with the exception of the refusal of the writ of amparo, which was just approved in this occasion. 

This writ of amparo was presented by lawyer Luis Eduardo Camacho, who got that SCJ accepted Martinelli's resignation as a deputy of the Parliament in last June, to avoid that this institution would be able to prosecute him for the supposed illegal wiretapping’s.

As was reported by the newspaper La Estrella de Panamá "the ruling was endorsed by magistrates Oydén Ortega (speaker), Luis Ramón Fábrega and Wilfredo Sáez and counted on with the reasoned vote of Ángela Russo, Cecilio Cedalise, Asunción Alonso and Secundino Mendieta. While the magistrates Abel Zamorano and Luis Mario Carrasco -substitute of Mejía- saved their votes".

Starting January 3, this notice comes into effect for 5 business days, with the objective of informing the parties about the decision, as well as two additional days that the General Secretariat must wait to verify that the process was complied with. Therefore, from January 14 the process under the SPA ordinance would begin.

Source- Local media information

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