Contributed by: Don WinnerThe Supreme Court of Panama dismissed charges against fifteen government employees that were involved in legal processes, including the Vice President of Panama Rubén Arosemena. All were accused of crimes related to public administration and the charges against them were definitively dismissed by the Supreme Court of Justice, according to a press release from the judicial branch. The original complaint was presented by Genaro López and Gabriel Castillo who accused the public employees of having used public funds to pay for expenses incurred during meetings held in a hotel in October of 2005 to discuss the changes that were being proposed to Panama's social security system. The Supreme Court of Justice determined that the money came from the United Nations. (Editor's Comment: Last year a national strike forced the government to delay changes to the social security system and to hold a series of national debats and meetings with government and community leaders to discuss the issues and to improve the plan.)
VÍA RÁPIDA La Corte sobreseyó a 15 funcionarios PROCESO. Quince funcionarios, entre estos el vicepresidente de la República, Rubén Arosemena, quienes eran procesados por el delito contra la administración pública, fueron sobreseídos definitivamente por la Corte Suprema de Justicia, según una comunicación del Órgano Judicial. La denuncia fue presentada por Genaro López y Gabriel Castillo, por supuestamente haber utilizado fondos públicos para costear los gastos de reuniones del diálogo nacional por la Caja de Seguro Social, celebradas en un hotel en octubre de 2005. La Corte Suprema de Justicia determinó que el dinero provenía de Naciones Unidas.