Legal Motions In "Hacker" Case

Monday, July 18 2011 @ 03:36 pm EDT

Contributed by: Don Winner

Demetrio Pablo Clua's defense lawyer Irving Lorgio Bonilla went to the headquarters of the Public Ministry to request a procedural impetus for the motions he filed last week in connection with the case of the alleged violation of e-mails from the Ministries of the Presidency and Public Safety. Last week Bonilla requested a change in the injunction, testimonial statements, and a review of the classified documents of restricted access that remain on the record. One of the latest proceedings held in this case was the recording on external hard disks of the information maintained on Clua's computer Clua, who is the second defendant in this investigation, and who remains under detention. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: This is the "email hacker" case. Clua's lawyer apparently wants to call the former presidents Ernesto Perez Balladares and Martin Torrijos in to testify in the case - saying the information obtained from the Minister's emails accounts was destined to go to them. In the Panamanian legal system there is a thing called an "impulso al proceso" (an impulse to the process) - meaning the lawyer fires off a request that basically says "hurry the hell up." For the most part they have little to no effect other than to annoy whoever is supposed to be handling the case, and Bonilla was smart enough to send the letter, and then get it in the news. He's trying to get his client released from jail while awaiting trial. This is also the case where the Attorney General is telling the lawyer that he can't see some of the evidence in the case file because it's classified and state secrets. Like - "you're guilty, but we can't tell you why." Yeah, that'll work. Of course the Supreme Court will overturn any decision ... oh, hey, wait a minute, I almost forgot. Martinelli has the Supreme Court in his back pocket so they can do whatever they want and get away with it - law or constitution be damned. It's good to be king.

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