The plenary of the Panamanian Supreme Court (CSJ) will meet next Thursday to consider two appeals filed by the defense of former President Ricardo Martinelli, in the process against him for alleged illegal wiretapping in his term (2009-2014), reported today the Judicial Branch ( OJ).
Both appeals have been filed by the defense of Martinelli against decisions taken by Presiding Judge Jerónimo Mejía during the intermediate or indictment hearing that has been going on for two weeks to the former head of State.
The first appeal goes against a decision issued by Mejía on July 4, 2018, dismissing a nullity alleged by the defense of supposed double trial of Martinelli.
The second appeal attacks another resolution adopted by Mejía on June 25, 2018 in which he maintains the competence of the CSJ in this case, despite the fact that the former president resigned his condition as
deputy of the Central American Parliament (Parlacen).
The nine magistrates, who make up the plenary session of the CSJ, will hold a hearing next Thursday to attend to these appeals.
Local television indicated that both legal actions were presented by Carlos Carrillo, one of the defense lawyers of the former head of State.
In addition, the plenary session of the CSJ will hold an extraordinary meeting next Wednesday to decide whether or not to admit an appeals on the grounds of unconstitutionality against the decision of the presiding judge to maintain the competence to prosecute Martinelli.
The Panamanian Association of Business Executives (Apede) today urged the CSJ to act with "transparency, impartiality and adherence to the law, in the face of the historical situation in the country" with the
trial of Martinelli.
Entrepreneurs said in a public statement that the justice system "is on trial and the performance of each of the magistrates is meticulously followed by all citizens (...) that requires that they
are up to the task and mark a precedent necessary for the strengthening of the highest authority of justice."
"This is the moment to protect the institutional framework of this State Branch, with the only objective that comes out strengthened and this will allow it to recover the confidence of the Panamanians, by respecting due process and guaranteeing the rights of al l the parties," Apede remarked.
Martinelli is being held in El Renacer prison, outside of the capital, since he arrived on June 11, extradited from the US, where he was imprisoned for one year because of the extradition case for the illegal wiretapping of more than a hundred people.