Former Director of Immigration Faces Trial For Corruption
Friday, July 20 2012 @ 11:31 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: It's relatively rare in Panama to see corruption charges brought against a public official, while the administration who put that person in place is still in power. Maria Cristina Gonzalez was named during the Martinelli administration. They discovered she was corrupt, so they fired her and now she's facing trial. When she was still in office I received dozens of complaints about her and how she was running Immigration. Let's see how the trial turns out. But I wanted to take a moment to recognize (and applaud) the actions of the administration of Ricardo Martinelli who cleaned out his own house - which is relatively rare and unheard of in Panama. "Normally" corrupt officials are allowed to simply resign or otherwise slink off with no further repercussions, until later when their political opponents are in charge of the country. See - CEMIS.