Within the framework of the 34th ordinary assembly of the Latin American Parliament held in Panama City, transparency and the fight against corruption became the main issue. The presence of the former President of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, José “Pepe” Mujica, and former President of International Transparency José Ugaz were the center of attention of the participants of the Parlatino headquarters.
After Ugaz’s opinion who described Panama as one of the countries with greater progress in the investigations of the Odebrecht case, the deputy of the National Assembly, Zulay Rodríguez, described that statement as false. In the opinion of the leader of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), the Procurator has not acted promptly, “has not requested the proceedings in New York, Spain, Ecuador and all the ones in Brazil. She has only ordered a tenth part to be able to implicate those she considers are the adversaries or political enemies of President Juan Carlos Varela. It is well known that Odebrecht did not arrive in a single period,” Rodríguez explained.
According to the legislator, she warned that Law 4 of 2017, where penalty agreements were introduced, was a rule made for impunity to exist in this case. She believes that until now “it has been a mockery for all Panamanians”.
Regarding the restraint of the next hearings, Rodriguez referred to Judge Oscar Carrasquilla. “I have realized that everything that the Public Prosecutor’s office has asked of him, he has done to guarantee the impunity of Odebrecht but the person who put Mr. Carrasquilla there was Mr. José Ayu Prado to whom I wanted to draw a record in the Commission of Credentials”.