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Anti Drug Prosecutor José Abel Almengor Resigns

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José Abel Almengor, Panama's Lead Anti Drug Prosecutor, Resigned
José Abel Almengor, Panama's Lead Anti Drug Prosecutor, Resigned
- By Rocío I. Martins A. for El Siglo - This is the third Anti Drug Prosecutor to resign. The First Anti Drug Prosecutor, José Abel Almengor, presented yesterday an irrevocable letter of resignation of this position to the Solicitor General of the Nation, Ana Matilde Gomez, amidst an internal disciplinary process that was being conducted against him. Rigoberto González, the Secretary General of the Office of the Judge Advocate General, said that with the resignation of Almengor the investigation will be closed, because as soon as he is no longer a government official the official process is lost, as established by law. Almengor said he is resigning due to family matters and he denied that his resignation bears any relation to the internal investigation being carried out against him into supposed irregularities in the notification of an order to prevent Ernesto Chong Coronado, the former advisor to David Murcia, from leaving the country. “There are good professionals in the institution, and what is lacking are more economic resources," said Almengor. With Almengor, this is the third Anti Drug Prosecutor since Ana Matilde Gomez has taken charge of the Public Ministry. Patricio Candanedo and Rosendo Miranda also resigned. It is expected a replacement for Almengor will be named today.

Fiscal Almengor renuncia al cargo

Rocío I. Martins A. rmartins@elsiglo.com

Éste es el tercer fiscal de Drogas que renuncia

El fiscal primero de Drogas, José Abel Almengor, presentó ayer su renuncia irrebocable al cargo a la procuradora de la Nación, Ana Matilde Gómez, en medio de un proceso disciplinario interno que se le seguía en su contra.

Rigoberto González, secretario general de la Procuraduría, sostuvo que con la renuncia de Almengor, el proceso culmina, ya que al dejar de ser funcionario público el proceso se pierde, según lo que establece la ley.

Almengor indicó que su renuncia obedece a motivos familiares y negó que tenga relación con la investigación que se adelantaba contra él por supuestas irregularidades en la notificación de impedimento de salida del país de Ernesto Chong Coronado, ex asesor del colombiano David Murcia.

“En la institución existen buenos profesionales, lo que hace falta es más recursos económicos”, dijo el ex funcionario.

Con Almengor, éste es el tercer fiscal de Drogas que ha renunciado desde que la procuradora Ana Matilde Gómez se encuentra al frente de esa dependencia. Patricio Candanedo y Rosendo Miranda también renunciaron.

Se espera que hoy se de a conocer el nombre de quién remplazará a Almengor en el cargo.

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