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Saturday, August 23 2014 @ 03:49 PM EDT

Supreme Court Suspends Session To Evaluate Possible Trial Against Torrijos

CorruptionThe Supreme Court through a press release said because of a decision made by the Magistrates at the start of the regular meeting of the plenary, they decided to suspend consideration of the plenary on the file containing the "summary proceedings against Carlos Afu Decerega and Martin Erasmo Torrijos Espino, for the crime against the public administration," because through a publication in a newspaper it was announced that Mr. Martin Torrijos has resigned from his position as a Deputy of the Central American Parliament (Parlacen), which must be corroborated by the Electoral Tribunal. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: Political machinations at this level are rare birds indeed, so it's fun and interesting to observe what's going on. Here's the deal. Martin Torrijos is granted an automatic position in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN) based simply on the fact that he is a former president. And all members of the PARLACEN are granted immunity from prosecution in their home countries. Because of the protection granted to Torrijos as a Deputy in the PARLACEN, only the Supreme Court of Justice in Panama can try him. However if in fact he has resigned from his position in the PARLACEN, then the Supreme Court loses jurisdiction in the case, and it will pass to a Superior Tribunal.

The game being played here by Torrijos is fairly evident. He knows the Supreme Court is controlled by Martinelli appointed non-PRD judges, and his chances of being tried and convicted by them is at about 100%. However the Judges on the Superior Tribunals are still loyal PRD troopers, who will delay this case forever. So, this move is just the next step in the process, and one more attempt by Torrijos to delay and to keep from facing (what passes for) Justice in the CEMIS case.

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