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José Luis Varela Files A Complaint Against Wiretapping

CorruptionThe National Assembly Deputy from the Panameñista political party Jose Luis Varela will file a complaint today before the Auxiliary Prosecutor against those responsible for having intercepted private telephone conversations, text messages, and emails from him, his wife, and his son during the administration of former President Ricardo Martinelli. (more)

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Former PAN Directors Repeat Earlier Statements And Accusations

CorruptionGiacomo Tamburrelli and Rafael Guardia Jaén, both former Directors of the National Assistance Program (NAP), appeared before Anti Corruption prosecutors yesterday to make their sworn statements to the authorities. (more)

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More Former Martinelli Administration Officials Will Be Named In Ongoing Investigations

CorruptionMany other names of former officials of the government of former President Ricardo Martinelli will come to light in the coming days, with appearances by the former Director of the National Assistance Program (NAP), Rafael Guardia, who pleaded guilty to charges of corruption and embezzlement as accused by the anti-corruption prosecutor. (more)

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Prosecutors Analyzing Documents Found At The House Of Gustavo Perez

CorruptionTomorrow, on Monday January 26th, Panama's Auxiliary Prosecutor (see Editor's Comment) will continue to pour through the boxes of documents seized from the residence of the former Secretary of the National Security Council Gustavo Pérez, where they have already found information related to the acquisition of wiretapping equipment purchased during the administration of former president Ricardo Martinelli. (more)

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New Charges Against Gustavo Perez (Illegal Weapons)

CorruptionArmando Fuentes, the defense lawyer representing the former Secretary of the Security Council, Gustavo Pérez said on Tuesday, January 13th, that his client has said "everything he knows" following the expansion of his sworn statement made today in the office of the Auxiliary Prosecutor. (more)

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Prosecutor Will Ask The Supreme Court To Lift Martinelli's Immunity

CorruptionThe Second Anti Corruption Prosecutor will ask the Supreme Court to investigate the former Presidetn Ricardo Martinelli, for his alleged involvement in the commission of offenses against public administration and economic heritage, and in addition they will ask for the immunity he enjoys as a member of the Central American Parliament to be lifted. (more)

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Martinelli Administration Listened In On High Ranking Diplomatic Communications

CorruptionIn the office of the Auxiliary Prosecutor there is a list of the people whose cellular telephone communications were intercepted; about 150 people, among them Panamanian political figures, were victims of an organized wiretapping program, launched during the administration of the former President of Panama Ricardo Martinelli. (more)

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How I Know The Allegations Being Made Against Gustavo Perez Are True And Accurate

CorruptionBy Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - It just so happens I had a personal experience in Panama City a few years ago, and in hindsight - because of that experience - I now know for certain the allegations being made against Gustavo Perez regarding the illegal monitoring of private cellular telephone communications are true and accurate. (more)

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Protected Witness Responds To Allegations Being Made About Her

CorruptionAfter the reactions in the media made by the former director of the National Police (PN), Gustavo Pérez, product of the strong testimony made by a witness who linked him to illegal cell phone taps, she responded to the allegations and reiterated what she had said in her earlier statements. (more)

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Gustavo Perez Associates Israeli Spy Equipment Allegations With "Personal Revenge"

CorruptionFollowing the allegations made by a protect witness who gave an interview to a local Panamanian television program, during which she accused Gustavo Perez, the former Director of the National Police and former Secretary of the Security Council during the Martinelli administration of having been trained in Israel to learn how to operate spy equipment used to intercept cellular telephone calls, he responded with his version of events. (more)

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Tamburrelli Plays The "Too Sick To Talk" (BS) Card - Corruption Investigation

CorruptionThe Second Anti Corruption Prosecutor, who is investigating the former director of the National Support Program, Giacomo Tamburrelli, for irregularities in a contract for the purchase of dehydrated food worth $45 million, will have to wait until after January 22 to set a date for him to expand on his sworn statement. (more)

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Telemetro Found A Boat Stashed At Ferrufino's Sister's House

CorruptionAfter being informed of the existence of a boat at the home of a sister of the former Minister of Social Development, Guillermo Ferrufino, a news team from Telemetro visited the scene and actually found it. (more)

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Protected Witness Says Gustavo Perez Managed Cell Phone Spy Equipment for Martinelli

CorruptionA protected witness said Gustavo Perez, who served as a Vice Minister of Government and as the Secretary of the National Security Council during the administration of former president Ricardo Martinelli, was the person who purchased government owned equipment used to intercept cellular telephone communications, equipment that today cannot be found. (more) You've just hit a "pay wall." Panama-Guide subscribers who have logged in to their user accounts can see the full text of this article. However non-members can only see this short introduction. If you would like to subscribe, please click this link to subscribe via PayPal.
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Tamburrelli Left The Hospital, Will Continue Medical Treatment At Home

CorruptionThe former director of the National Assistance Program (NAP), Giacomo Tamburrelli, was discharged from the hospital this Sunday, December 28, and was taken to his residence. (more)

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Former PAN Director Giacomo Tamburrelli Placed Under House Arrest

CorruptionThe former Director of the National Support Program (PAN) Giacomo Tamburrelli spent about ten hours answering questions before the office of the Second Anti Corruption Prosecutor - as part of an investigation into charges of embezzlement - and at the end of the questioning session Tamburrelli was placed under house arrest and escorted back to his residence by police officers. (more)

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Martinelli Would Have Received $25 Million Dollar Bribe From Finmeccanica

CorruptionIn less than a few hours, the Prosecutor of the Court of Rome disarmed the few defensive arguments being made by the author of the Finmeccanica contracts between Italy and Panama, Valter Lavítola, and his alleged accomplice, former Italian Commercial Director Paolo Pozzessere. (more)

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Tamburelli Faces Charges - Appears Before The Second Anti Corruption Prosecutor

CorruptionThe former head of the National Program of Support (PAN), Giacomo Tamburrelli, appeared before the Second Anti Corruption Prosecutor this morning, where he was interrogated, after the prosecutor accused him of crimes against the public administration after signing a contract for $45 million for the purchase of dehydrated food. (more) <.>You've just hit a "pay wall." Panama-Guide subscribers who have logged in to their user accounts can see the full text of this article. However non-members can only see this short introduction. If you would like to subscribe, please click this link to subscribe via PayPal.
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"The Citizens' Privacy Was Violated" - Varela

CorruptionPresident Juan Carlos Varela yesterday reacted publicly about the scandal generated by the disappearance of some sophisticated spy equipment, purchased during the government of Ricardo Martinelli from an Israeli company for $13.4 million. (more)

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Alejandro Garuz Blamed For Illegal Wiretap Equipment

CorruptionThe former Director of the of the now defunct Social Investment Fund Giacomo Tamburrelli was who, during the last government, purchased expensive spy equipment from the Israeli company MLM Protection - who also no longer exists - according to sources in the office of the Second Anti Corruption Prosecutor who is following the case. (more)

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Prosecutor Seizes Bank Accounts Associated With Moncada Luna Investigation

CorruptionPedro Miguel Gonzalez, the National Assembly Deputy who is acting as the Prosecutor in the investigation of Supreme Court Magistrate Alejandro Moncada Luna, ordered the provisional seizure of 1.3 million dollars found to be on deposit in an account in the Banco Universal, linked to the investigation. (more)

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Guillermo Ferrufino - Between Riches and Violence

CorruptionGuillermo Ferrufino - the former Minister of Social Development - who is being investigated for alleged offenses against public administration, will submit a new sworn affidavit of assets that includes the properties he claims to have omitted from his original declaration due to a lack of legal knowledge, and for having sought the advice from the notary who signed the document last July. (more)

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Former PAN Director Takes The (Twenty) Fifth ...

CorruptionThe former director of the National Support Program (PAN), Rafael Guardia, did not make a preliminary statement before the First and Second Anti Corruption Prosecutors, where he appeared on Wednesday, because he took advantage of Article 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of Panama. (more)

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Yet Another $2 Million Seized From Former PAN Director

CorruptionThe First Anti Corruption Prosecutor seized another 2 million dollars found in a bank account belonging to the former Director of the National Assistance Program, Rafael Guardia Jaen, yesterday. (more)

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Nationwide Marches Against Corruption Today

CorruptionThe day has arrived. Today, at 7:30 am, citizens will gather on the coastal strip to march against impunity and corruption. (more)

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The DIJ Is "Abusing" Pellegrini - Because She Gave A Television Interview

CorruptionMayte Pellegrini cannot leave the jail cell in which she is being held, because she gave an interview from prison which was aired yesterday on Telemetro. (more)

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Adolfo Chichi de Obarrio Ducks The Press

CorruptionThe former private secretary of the former President of Panama Ricardo Martinelli, Adolfo Chichi de Obarrio, refused yesterday to speak about the origin of the funds he used to purchase an apartment in 2010 in the PH Icon Tower building located in Coco del Mar, valued at $250,000 - a purchase he made only nine months after he started working for the government. (more)

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Witness Says Briefcases Full Of Cash Handed Out At The Presidency During Martinelli Administration

Corruption"I saw suitcases, not envelopes, full of money that came in the hands of Adolfo ‘Chichi’ De Obarrio, the former executive assistant to the former President Ricardo Martinelli - they were briefcases the size of a portfolio to store a laptop computer." (more)

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Former PAN Minister Arrested On Corruption Charges

CorruptionThe former director of the National Assistance Program (NAP), Rafael Guardia Jaén, was arrested for the alleged commission of crimes against the public administration and corruption. (more)

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Moncada Luna Was Martinelli's "Amanuensis"

CorruptionThe cousin Alejandro Moncada Luna, Gonzalo Moncada Luna, admitted today during an interview on the channel 2 TVN morning news that the separated Supreme Court judge acted as an "amanuensis" of former President Ricardo Martinelli - saying that he is conceited, arrogant, belittles people, and denies his family, but he is innocent of the crimes of unjust enrichment and money laundering. (more)

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Moncada Luna Asks Prosecutors To Summon Virzi To Testify

CorruptionYesterday the Panamanian Supreme Court judge Alejandro Moncada Luna - who has been separated from his position and placed under house arrest - asked the National Assembly Deputy who is acting as the prosecutor in the case against him, Pedro Miguel Gonzalez, to call the former Vice President and businessman Felipe Pipo Virzi to testify as part of the investigation. (more)

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