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Panamanian Court Calls Former Nicaraguan President To Trial For Money Laundering

Law & Lawyers By Elizabeth Garrido A. for La Prensa - The Third Criminal Circuit Court of Panama ordered the initiation of a criminal case against former Nicaraguan President José Arnoldo Alemán, as well as against Byron Jerez Solís, María Fernanda Flores de Alemán y José Antonio Flores Lovo, for the crime of money laundering. The order was given by means of a resolution dated July 21 2009, after the court denied attempts by defense attorneys to have the case thrown out, according to a press release from the judiciary. This ruling comes after the Second Superior Tribunal of Justice declared null a call to trial dictated by the Third Circuit Court on 15 May 2006, for not having first deciding on the requests to have the case thrown out presented by the defense during preliminary hearings. According to the trial judge Adolfo Mejía, the process in Panama in this case is different and independent of those cases in Nicaragua, while responding to the management of funds in several bank accounts in Panama worth more than $58.2 million dollars, used in the creation of corporations with funds that came from, supposedly, alleged acts of corruption committed against the Nicaraguan state. Furthermore, the decision of Judge Mejía also dismissed charges in this case that had been filed against Alvaro Alemán Lacayo, Arnoldo Alemán Estrada, Jorge Solís, Alfredo Fernández, Esteban Duque, Ethel González de Jerez and Valeria Jeréz, for not having proven their connection to the crime.

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Elizabeth Garrido A. De prensa.com egarrido@prensa.com

1:27 p.m. - El Juzgado Tercero de circuito penal de Panamá ordenó la apertura de causa criminal contra el ex presidente de Nicaragua, José Arnoldo Alemán, y contra Byron Jerez Solís, María Fernanda Flores de Alemán y José Antonio Flores Lovo, por el delito de blanqueo de capitales.

La orden se dio mediante una resolución con fecha del 21 de julio de 2009, luego de que el juzgado negara incidentes de nulidades, informó el departamento de Prensa del Órgano Judicial.

Este fallo surge luego de que el Segundo Tribunal Superior de Justicia declarara la nulidad del llamamiento a juicio dictado por el Juzgado Tercero el 15 de mayo de 2006, por no haberle dado el trámite a los incidentes de nulidad que presentaron los abogados defensores durante la audiencia preliminar.

Según el juez de la causa, Adolfo Mejía, el proceso que se sigue en Panamá, por este caso, es independiente al que se les seguía en Nicaragua, toda vez que responden al manejo de fondos depositados en varias cuentas bancarias en Panamá por el orden de los 58 millones 277 mil 364 dólares con seis centésimos, para la creación de sociedades anónimas, que provienen -supuestamente- de actos de corrupción cometidos en perjuicio del Estado nicaragüense.

Por otro lado, Mejía dispuso sobreseer definitivamente a: Alvaro Alemán Lacayo, Arnoldo Alemán Estrada, Jorge Solís, Alfredo Fernández, Esteban Duque, Ethel González de Jerez y Valeria Jeréz, por no haberse acreditado su vinculación al ilícito.

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Panamanian Court Calls Former Nicaraguan President To Trial For Money Laundering
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, July 26 2009 @ 02:10 PM EDT

If the court finds Aleman guilty what happens to the $58 million?