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Ricardo Martinelli may resign from the Parlacen

The resignation of Martinelli from the Parlacen would be a decision that would end the Supreme Court’s competence to try him for the alleged crime of inviolability of secrecy and other alleged crimes against public administration
  • AFP

Ricardo Martinelli's spokesman, Luis Eduardo Camacho, said that there is the possibility that former Panamanian president resigns as a deputy at the Central American Parliament (Parlacen) due to the "persecution of Juan Carlos Varela’s government against him."

"It is a scenario that is being considered, due to the persecution of Juan Carlos Varela’s government against Ricardo Martinelli," the spokesman said in an interview with the local press.

The resignation of Martinelli from the Parlacen would be a decision that would end the Supreme Court’s competence to try him for the alleged crime of inviolability of secrecy and other alleged crimes against public administration.

Martinelli’s return to Panama: Before or after the habeas corpus?

Panamanian former president Ricardo Martinelli is also evaluating the possibility of returning to Panama before or after the habeas corpus result, which is submitted and analyzed by a US judge, as stated by lawyer Sidney Sittón, member of the defense team representing the former president.

"He is the person who makes the decision, based on the fact that the Supreme Court of Justice denied him a minimum right," the lawyer said in an interview with the Panamanian press.

Sittón said that, when he no longer holds the position of deputy at the Parlacen, he would no longer be judged by the Supreme Court, but he would rather be brought to ordinary justice under the adversary system.

The lawyer highlighted that the country will know the moment when the memorial is presented with the acknowledgment of receipt of the resignation from the Parlacen, so that the Court may take due notice of it. "After the notification, Martinelli will decide if he returns to Panama before or after the habeas corpus resolution by the hands of a judge in the United States," he said.

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