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"The President Cannot Put Anyone In Prison" - Ana Matilde Gomez

Corruption By Marggie Trejos for El Siglo - During the last presidential election campaign, Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli publicly promised to put in prison anyone who steals, kills, or is corrupt, and now it looks like that's easier said than done. That is exactly what Panama's Solicitor General of the Nation, Ana Matilde Gomez, said yesterday during the program "Debate Abierto" on channel 4, noting that "no president can decide and take action to put a person behind bars, because they have stolen or committed some other act of corruption as promised by Martinelli during the campaign." "The president cannot put anyone in prison, it is the judges who decide who is going to jail and who's not," said Gomez. "And everyone is innocent until proven guilty," she added. When discussing the slowness of legal proceedings, and even slower when dealing with "white collar" criminals, Gomez said cases are often delayed because these types of criminals are often more adept at doing things. "Many times the process for a person who has committed an act of corruption it takes more time to conduct the investigation, because often it is a person who has studied and who has great abilities, but likewise that person is still an offender just like any other citizen, they know exactly that they are doing, and this may take even longer if there are others involved in the case," she said. Gomez added that investigative journalism can help clarify the facts in corruption cases, as long as it is done in a responsible manner. However, according to the prosecutor, it is usually much easier to prosecute a common criminal when an object is stolen, because it is easier to investigate and it often takes less time. On the other hand, Gomez also pointed to the order given by the Minister of Government and Justice Jose Raul Mulino, to shoot any prisoner attempting to escape from prison. "Perhaps this was not what Mulino really meant," she said. Gomez says the order to shoot prisoners attempting to escape "goes against the rights of prisoners, because there are laws that protect them and this is not something is not something that can be done so easily."

“El presidente no pone preso a nadie”

Marggie Trejos mtrejos@elsiglo.com

Procuradora dice que Martinelli no podrá cumplir la promesa que hizo en campaña

Luego de que en las pasadas elecciones el presidente Ricardo Martinelli prometiera de manera pública meter preso a todo aquel que robe, mate y sea corrupto, ahora resulta que eso no es tan fácil como parece.

Así de claro lo dijo ayer la procuradora de la nación, Ana Matilde Gómez, durante el programa Debate Abierto dominical de Canal 4, al señalar que “ningún presidente puede decidir y tomar la acción de meter a una persona tras las rejas, ya sea porque haya robado o cometa algún acto de corrupción como lo prometió Martinelli en su campaña pasada”.

“El presidente no pone preso a nadie, son los juzgados los que deciden a quién ponen preso y a quién no”, indicó la procuradora.

“Y toda persona sigue siendo inocente hasta que se le demuestre lo contrario”, agregó.

En el caso de los procesos judiciales que son lentos, y más cuando se trata de los llamados delincuentes de “cuello blanco”, Gómez manifestó que la demora se debe a que son más hábiles para hacer las cosas.

“Muchas veces el proceso para una persona que haya cometido un acto de corrupción lleva más tiempo en realizar las investigaciones, debido a que como es una persona estudiada y con mucha capacidad, pero que de igual manera sigue siendo un delincuente como cualquier ciudadano, sabe hacer bien lo que trama, y esto puede demorar más si en el caso se encuentran otros implicados”, dijo.

Para Gómez, el periodismo investigativo ayuda a esclarecer los hechos de corrupción, siempre y cuando se haga de manera responsable.

En cambio -según la procuradora- un delincuente común cuando se roba algún objeto, es más fácil para los que investigan y el tiempo resulta, muchas veces, ser más corto.

Por otra parte, Gómez también se refirió a la orden que dio el ministro de Gobierno y Justicia, José Raúl Mulino, de dispararle a todo reo que intentara fugarse de la cárcel.

“Quizás esto no fue lo que Mulino en realidad quiso decir”, indicó. Gómez asegura que esa orden de disparar contra los detenidos que intenten fugarse, “va en contra de los derechos de los privados de libertad, porque hay leyes que los protegen y no es algo que se hace tan fácil”.

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Thank you Ms. Ana Matilde Gomez
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, August 18 2009 @ 04:05 pm EDT

Thank God You put some sense in those trigger happy cowboys who are in power and think that they can put people in prison without due process and shoot them when they escape... Let´s slow down a little and prosecute one criminal at the time. Obviously, I am sure you agree that if and when the corrupt politicians (or even judges for that matter) are found guilty, they too must go to prison just like petty thieves. All the people want from You is prompt prosecution of all the bad apples that have enjoyed total impunity for much too long.