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Torrijos Asks for Rights To Be Guaranteed for Former Minister Accused of Corruption

Corruption Panama America - Former Panamanian President Martín Torrijos on Wednesday urged the judicial authorities of that country to guarantee the rights to a legal defense, for one of his former Ministers of Eduction, Belgis Castro, who was arrested yesterday for alleged acts of corruption in the management of a multi million dollar fund for school repairs. Torrijos, who made these comments in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic after attending a conference, said he does not oppose the investigation of the former cabinet minister, but his country should ensure Castro has access to "all" of the guarantees established by law so that he can defend himself against the accusations that have been made against him. The former education minister was arrested yesterday for alleged corruption in the handling of multi million dollar fund for school repairs, in the first trial against a former senior official of the government of Martín Torrijos (2004-2009). Castro, who will remain under arrest at the Judicial Investigation Department of the National Police, is linked to irregularities in tenders for companies to remove fiberglass roofs of schools in the province of Colon and the eastern sector of the capital, according to research.

Torrijos pide garantizar derechos a ex ministro acusado de corrupción

Panamá EFE

El ex presidente de la República, Martín Torrijos. Foto/EFE

[27 Ago] El ex presidente de Panamá Martín Torrijos pidió hoy a las autoridades judiciales de su país garantizar el derecho a la defensa de su ex ministro de Educación Belgis Castro, detenido ayer por supuestos actos de corrupción en el manejo de un fondo millonario para reparaciones en escuelas.

Torrijos dijo en declaraciones ofrecidas en Santo Domingo tras dictar una conferencia, que no se opone a que se investigue al ex funcionario, pero que su país debe asegurar a Castro "todas" las garantías que establece la ley para que pueda defenderse de las acusaciones que pesan en su contra.

El ex ministro de Educación fue detenido ayer por supuestos actos de corrupción en el manejo de un fondo millonario para reparaciones en escuelas públicas, en el primer proceso contra un ex funcionario importante del Gobierno de Martín Torrijos (2004-2009).

Castro, quien permanecerá detenido en la Dirección de Investigación Judicial de la Policía Nacional, está vinculado a irregularidades en contrataciones directas de empresas para remover fibra de vidrio en techos de escuelas en la provincia de Colón y el sector este de la capital, según las investigaciones.

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