The Version Of The Ramón Ricardo Martinelli Corro Case in Mexico
Wednesday, October 03 2012 @ 01:14 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
The file in the Martinelli Corro case is a mystery. The Public Ministry of Panama says there are no details on the progress of the criminal proceedings against the cousin of the President. Nothing has been known of Martinelli Corro so far.
An exclusive report obtained by La Estrella revealed previously unknown details about the case against Ramón Martinelli Corro in Mexico.
Arrested in the second maximum security prison in the Aztec country, the president's cousin is awaiting the decision of a judge. From Puerto Grande, the Jalisco prison Martinelli Corro is being held, together with the Panamanian Jorge Álvarez Cummings, he has not left. Nor has he talked to the other inmates in the prison. He just just talks to his lawyer and the court officials in Mexico who have pursued the case against him. Sitting in his cell, completely isolated from the outside world, Martinelli Corro is waiting for the judge's decision. A decision could come at any moment and decide the guilt or innocence of the Panamanian president's cousin. (more)
The Arrest - It was the arrest of two agents of the Federal Police at the International Airport of Mexico City, which led to Mexico's Attorney General to begin the dismantling of a gang dedicated to trafficking money from the "Beltran Leyva" cartel. The police officers arrested at the airport provided information about the accomplices to the Mexican authorities. The Panamanians Ramón Martinelli Corro, César Fábrega, Jorge Álvarez Cummings and Ninoshka Escalante appeared on the long list of names provided.
According to data supplied to the members of the PGR, the group transported large amounts of money from the Mexican cartel to pay for drug shipments that were being sent by this criminal organization. The federal agents who were arrested pleaded guilty to collaborating with this cell of the Beltran Leyva cartel, by letting its members pass through security at the airport terminal. Using the information they had provided about the alleged accomplices of the money laundering network, the PGR began an operation against the criminal group.
On December 18, police arrested the Mexicans Jesús Guzmán, Efraín Serna and Alejandro Nájera at the airport. At the time of their arrest the suspects were preparing to carry cash to Panama using letters by companies that had been legally established, but that in fact were nonexistent. A new arrest, of the Mexican Francisco Pińón, who was returning to Mexico on a flight from Panama, paved the way to Martinelli Corro.
A few hours later, on November 20, 2009, members of the PGR headed to a hotel in Mexico City. There was Ramón Martinelli Corro, Jorge Álvarez Cummings, César Enrique Fábrega and Ninoshka Escalante. Authorities seized $409,740 in cash from them.
On November 24, the Sub Office of Special Investigations on Organized Crime (OFDI) of the PGR obtained from the fifth Federal Criminal Federal Judge Specialized in Searches and Intervention of Communications, an arrest warrant of 40 days against Martinelli Corro and his associates. The arrest was decreed in the case file 487/2009-IV.
In the record it is indicated that Martinelli Corro and his associates carried monies from the Beltran Leyva cartel to Panama and Colombia to pay for the drugs that were being sent to the Mexican organization. The document indicates that the group was involved, also, in the purchase of properties in these countries, which laundered some of the money. The transactions were made with forged documentation. In order to do this they conducted triangulation operations with the money from Mexico to Panama and Colombia for the Beltran Leyva cartel.
According to the case file, they opened a criminal case on charges of organized crime, from illegal operations.
The investigation highlights that Martinelli Corro was one of the primary financial operators (money laundering) of the Beltran Leyva cartel, an organization that is currently virtually dismantled.
After the arrest order issued in November 2009 against Martinelli and his associates, in February 2010 another arrest warrant was issued against him, and on 15 February 2010 the Eighth Criminal Judge issued the Formal Prison Order. As a result they were taken, except Ninoska, to the Federal Social Rehabilitation Centre No 2 in Puente Grande, Jalisco, a high security prison.
Inside the Federal Criminal, the process began with the preliminary statement by Martinelli Corro. During this period, the defense filed several legal defense remedies. The period of instruction, by the Eighth Criminal Judge, has been closed and he is currently awaiting sentencing.
Sources internal to the PGR reported that so far they have had little success in proving the crime of money laundering related to drug trafficking cases. Most detainees are imprisoned for related offenses, such as conspiracy.
If convicted of money laundering, he could face a sentence ranging from five to 15 years in prison. In his case, they would reduce the years he has already been held, and for every day of good behavior would be discounted twice.