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Intervention in COACESS Described As Revenge

CorruptionThe Savings and Credit Cooperative of Social Security Fund Employees (Coacecss) was intervened by the IPACOOP, and the fund's General Manager Ernesto Vaughan described the action as persecution, and he went on to say the intervention was illegal, unjust, immoral and arbitrary.

Vaughan explained that the intervention was born due to the breach of obligations under the money laundering law, deficiencies in the management of the portfolio of loans, and the raising of capital by third parties under conditions that was more favorable to them than the members.

But the manager of the cooperative fears that the goal is to get access to the money in the cooperative to invest in State bonds.

In addition, Vaughan said there was persecution by Ana Giselle Vallarino Roses, the Director of the Panamanian Autonomous Cooperative (IPACOOP), because the cooperative rejected her appointment. (Telemetro)

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Attorney General Files New Charges Against Villamonte In Punta Chame ANATI Land Snatch

Corruption The Public Ministry has pressed charges for "crimes against the public trust" again, against the former Director of Land Titling of the National Land Management Authority (ANATI), Anabelle Villamonte, but this time for the alleged free titling of more than 9,000 square meters of land in Punta Chame.

Sources close to the process said the Public Ministry's decision was based on the signature of former official, which appears on the documents that grant the land titles, in an expedited manner, to the company Puntabeach Interprises, SA.

Yesterday morning Villamonte went to the Public Ministry to be notified of the injunction against her issued by the Attorney General Jose Ayu Prado, in which she has to appear on the 15th and 30th of each month.

In addition to Villamonte, the Public Ministry filed the same charges against three other individuals, includingJosé Calderón Rivera, who said he had possessory rights on the land. The names of the other two defendants were not disclosed.

Ayu Prado began an official investigation on 3 August, after this newspaper published a series of reports in which it was revealed that, only four months after its creation, the company Puntabeach Interprises, SA was benefited with a free title granted on these lands by Villamonte.

According to the investigation, the lawyer Marcelino Ramos Madrid was the one who signed, in June 2011, the titling for these lands in representation of Puntabeach Interprises, SA.

Ramos Madrid was the person who replaced Villamonte as the Papadimitriu family lawyer, in the case of the lands in Juan Hombrón, in the province of Cocle.

The former director of Land Titling was previously acquitted of the charges against her, for crimes against the public faith, and crimes against the environment, in the Third Criminal Court, for the adjudication of lands in Paitilla in Panama City, and in Juan Hombrón, Cocle. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: I broke this case, and was the first to report on these lands that were being titled in an "irregular" manner in Punta Chame. Then I went on the channel 2 TVN morning news program and broke it there, in the Panamanian media. And then La Prensa picked it up. Another complaint was recently filed against Villamonte et al in a very similar case in Bocas del Toro. That case was filed directly with the office of the Attorney General. It seems like things are going to heat up again for the whole gang that has been using ANATI to steal land.

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Electoral Prosecutor Investigating Improper Use Of Government Owned Vehicle At CD Political Event

CorruptionThe office of the Electoral Prosecutor has opened an official investigation into the alleged use of a government owned vehicle during a meeting of the National Board of Directors of the Democratic Change (CD) political party, which was held last November 12 at the headquarters of the group.

The vehicle involved belongs to the Transit Authority (ATTT), so they sent a note to Ventura Vega, the Director of the entity, to answer some questions as to who was driving the car, what was the agenda, and others.

Vega has a period of 30 days to respond to the letter sent by José Félix González, the Electoral Prosecutor.

On the subject, the Transit Authority said they would "cooperate completely with everything required by the Electoral Prosecutor," and that "in the coming hours will be sending responses to all information requested." (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: Whoops. Not supposed to be using any government owned vehicles during political events...

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Dalvis Xiomara Sanchez - Guilty in "Durodólares" Scandal - Died During Surgery

Corruption Dalvis Xiomara Sanchez, who was the Administrative Secretary of the former president Mireya Moscoso, died on Sunday night during surgery to remove a blood clot in her head. Her lawyer Rogelio Cruz said Sanchez suffered a blow to the head after a fall. The former presidential administrative secretary was on trial for the crime of embezzlement in the scandal known as "durodólares" (frozen money). In the first instance (trial) Sanchez was found guilty and sentenced to six years in prison by the First Criminal Court. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: This woman was found to have thousands of dollars of ill gotten booty (from corruption) stashed inside of a freezer at her home - hence the name given to the corruption scandal. This was one of the biggest scandals of the administration of Mireya Moscoso, and it's one the primary reason for the Panameñista political party's fall from grace.

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Jimmy Papadimitriu Teaching Politicians in Jordan For IRI? Really?

CorruptionThe former Minister of the Presidency, Demetrio Papadimitriu revealed today in his Twitter account, that he is providing training for future candidates and campaign managers in Jordan. The former minister said the course was taught at IRI's Campaign School in Balqa, Jordan.

The International Republican Institute is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization which emphasizes freedom and democracy around the world, on developments in the political parties, civic institutions, open elections, democratic governance and rule of law.

Papadimitriu was the campaign manager of President Ricardo Martinelli and the Minister of the Presidency, who was responsible for the process which led to the entry of the new Metro Bus transportation system and the departure of the so-called "Red Devil" buses.

Editor's Comment: Wow. Two questions. How could TVN report on this story without mentioning the fact that Jimmy Papadimitriu resigned from the government of Panama apparently because of his involvement in the ANATI land scandals in Paitilla and Juan Hombron? And it also looks like the exact same people were involved in the Punta Chame ANATI land scandal, currently being investigated by the Attorney General. And there's more coming, this time in Bocas del Toro. I doubt that the people who run the International Republican Institute are aware of the details surrounding Papadimitriu's departure from the Panamanian government. Amazing stuff.

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SUNTRACS Declares An "Alert" After Leaders Called To Trial

CorruptionThe leadership of the National Union of Construction Workers and Similar (SUNTRACS) said the decision by the First Anti Corruption Prosecutor to ask for a trial against nine leaders of various unions for alleged embezzlement is a "political persecution."

Saul Mendez, the Secretary of the SUNTRACS union, described the prosecutor's decision as "passing the bill," due to the open opposition the unions have made against the government of President Ricardo Martinelli.

In the call to trial, the prosecutor who is charge of the dossier seeks to determine irregularities in the management of $165,320 from education insurance.

Among those being brought to trial are the leaders of the SUNTRACS union, and the National Council of Organized Workers (CONATO).

They Call For Workers To Be Released - In response to the "preventative detenion" ordered by the Auxiliary Prosecutor against several construction workers who participated in the protest against Law 72, that ended in acts of looting and vandalism on October 26, yesterday Mendez requested they release, saying there is no evidence against them, and they have already paid bail. (Siglo)

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20 Government Vehicles Seized During Holiday Weekend

CorruptionThe The General Audit Directorate of the Comptroller retained about 20 official cars nationwide during a vehicular operation as part of the national holiday that began Friday November 2 and ended yesterday. After the operation, the Comptroller informed through a press release that officers checked 818 cars through 27 checkpoints and 11 mobile units deployed by the institution throughout the country.

Among the most common causes why these vehicles were being held - circulating without a permit, having an expired tag or without a valid plate, unlicensed drivers, and transporting people from outside the institution, among others.

In addition the Ministry of Health (MINSA) reported that during their operation in the capital, they found three people who were using counterfeit health certification cards who were selling food along the parade route on Calle 50. There were also other vendors found to be selling expired food, who were fined. (Siglo)

Editor's Comment: In Panama the government owned vehicles have a large yellow stripe painted down the side, and the words "for official use only." Government employees are not supposed to use those vehicles or government fuel to take the family on a weekend trip to the beach. They always hold these "operations" during holiday weekends to detect these types of infractions. And every time, they always catch a handful of people who do it anyway.

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Audio Reveals Martinelli's Connection To Italy Corruption Scandal

CorruptionIn Italy, the website www.la7.it unveiled the audio of an intercepted telephone conversation between former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the former President of the Italian company Impregilo, Massimo Ponzellini, who is being investigated for corruption, tax fraud and money laundering, which involves the Panamanian authorities.

In the call, made in April 2011, Berlusconi tells Ponzellini he "must reach an agreement with Panama regarding the hospitals, or the President (Ricardo Martinelli) will issue a statement in order to block the work of Impregilo on the expansion of the Panama Canal, producing a grave failure and crisis." Impregilo is part of the consortium Grupo Unidos Por El Canal, SA, which is executing the work to expand the waterway.

The phone call is part of the documents submitted as part of international corruption investigations, involving Valter Lavítola, who was instrumental in the controversial millionaire contract between the Government of Panama and the Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica. A transcript of its contents had been released last August.

After the interception, Naples prosecutors Francesco Curcio, Henry Woodcock and Vincenzo Piscitelli, who made the inquiry against Lavítola, questioned Ponzellini, who confirmed the contents of the audio. Ponzellini has been detained in Italy since October 23, when prosecutors ordered his arrest.

In Panama - Following the investigations in Italy, the political leader Balbina Herrera insisted that the Panamanian judicial authorities should join the investigation. "While in Panama it was closed and considered to be a soap opera, in Italy Paolo Pozzessere has been arrested, the former business director of the conglomerate Finmeccanica," she said.

The State Communications Secretary Luis Eduardo Camacho reacted quickly. "We will let Balbina Herrera continue with her novel ... we continue working for Panama," said Camacho, in statements made to Telemetro.

For Berlusconi, the legal situation is complicated, because last week was convicted of tax fraud and sentenced to four years in prison - a sentence that was later reduced to one year - and a disqualification from holding public office for a period of five years. There is also a case pending against him for prostitution. He denies all charges. In total, he has faced more than 30 criminal cases in the last 30 years. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: Every time I write these articles I hear the music to "The Godfather" playing in the background. To get the full effect, visit the webpage at La Prensa for this article in Spanish, and listen to the recorded call in Italian, and you'll see what I mean. Horse heads. Old world vs new world kingpins, what more do you need. With regards to the corruption between Panama and the Italian government authorities, there's no doubt it was going to take place, but apparently it all fell apart before any bribes were actually paid. "Corruptus interruptus."

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Search At David Prison Turns Up Piles Of Contraband - And No One Is Surprised At All...

CorruptionStarting at 5:30 am this morning, Tuesday, 30 October 2012, and for more than four hours, a search was conducted in the public jail of David. During the search authorities seized 76 packages of marijuana, 46 cell phones, 17 chips for cell phones, 32 makeshift knives, 5 knives, 29 ammunition magazines, 38 sharp or pointed objects, pliers, various scissors, a hammer, and two tanks of fermented "chicha" prepared by the inmates themselves.

The search was conducted by the National Police, the office of the Anti Drug prosecutor, and the staff of the prison in Chiriquí. During the operation the Deputy Director of the Prison System was present, Commissioner Javier Castillo, who made ​​it clear that this search of the prison in David is a routine action, and similar actions will be taking place in the other prisons in the country, on the occasion of the end of year holidays.

The search was conducted in the 40 cells that exist in the David prison, in the pavilions known as "la preventiva" and "la Mata." (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: Having "contraband" in a prison in Panama is one of the biggest inside jokes going. The prison guards themselves, National Police officers, and the defense lawyers are the ones who smuggle all of the contraband into the prisoners. I'm sure there are prisoners in La Joya right now who are reading this article on their cell phones, that have Internet and data connections. You can get whatever you want in a Panamanian prison as long as you're willing to pay for it. Literally - anything - up to and including Colombian prostitutes.

The prison officials have to conduct these search and seizure operations on a regular basis. They do so not because they want to keep the knives and the cell phones and the drugs out of the hands of the prisoners. Rather, they have to remove the items that have already been successfully smuggled in order to create more "demand" for smuggled items. If you already have a knife in prison, you're not willing to pay $20 or $40 to have another one smuggled in for you. If you already have a phone, you don't need another phone. What's more, as soon as they have one of these raids, after the stupid news media has sucked up the story and blindly produced the desired headline without another thought, the same prison officials then turn right back around and "re-sell" the confiscated items back to the prisoners. It's all about the money. Consider this - when is the last time any police officer or prison guard was arrested and fired for smuggling contraband to a prisoner? An$wer = never.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Don't forget to follow Panama Guide on Twitter. Salud.

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Finmeccanica And Martinelli: More Revelations (In Italy)

Corruption The Italian Valter Lavítola, a key player in the multi million dollar contract between the Government of Panama and Finmeccanica, opted to reach an agreement with President Ricardo Martinelli, to keep 35% of the company Agafea Corp., that was charging a fee in these negotiations.

This becomes clear in the transcript of an intercepted and recorded conversation that was made public yesterday by the Public Prosecutor of Naples, Italy, during which Lavitola is talking to Paolo Pozzessere, the former commercial director of Finmeccanica who was arrested last Tuesday, that after the signing of the contracts with Panama in June 2010, he would receive a commission of 6 million euros ($7.7 million), corresponding to 35% of the shares of Agafia Corp.

After that revelation, Italian newspapers reported that the Naples Prosecutor concluded that "with the contracts by the State of Panama kickbacks were generated, in the concept of assistance and advice provided by the company Agafia Corp, to which the Italian companies had to guarantee a bribe of 10%, about 18 million euros ($23 million)."

About the Panamanian company Agafia Corp, it is only known that it has in its directive Lavitola's partner in Panama, and that the Argentine Gustavo Francella, linked to the business group IBT Group, has won contracts with the Martinelli administration worth $425 million, who says he is its sole owner. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: These investigations in Italy are going to generate more problems for Martinelli in Panama. Here, he has complete and total control of all three branches of the government, as well as the Public Ministry. None of this Finmeccanica stuff is going to be investigated as long as the CD remains in power, and while the judges Martinelli appointed to the Supreme Court are still sitting. So, we're talking ten years, at least. However a growing understanding of the rampant corruption within the Martinelli administration, tied with their ham fisted handling of situations such as what's happening in Colon today, will likely cost them the election in 2014. So, you can start sliding your chips to the PRD and Juan Carlos Navarro, who's looking better all the time.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Don't forget to follow Panama Guide on Twitter. Salud.

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Martinelli Was Supposed To Get $23.4 Million In The Finmeccanica Deal (That Fell Apart)

CorruptionNAPLES, Italy. (ANSA). - Panama and Brazil, along with Russia and Southeast Asian countries, represent the core of the investigations being carried out by the prosecutor of Naples, Italy, into a system of bribes organized by the Finmeccanica group to win large government contracts.

Among the international corruption cases being investigated, one contained a bribe of $23.4 million that would have been promised to the president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, and "other political and governmental figures that are on track to be completely identified."

The accusation is stated in the precautionary arrest warrant executed today, Tuesday, 23 October 2012, against Paolo Pozzessere, who was formerly responsible for the commercial Finmeccanica industrial group specializing in aerospace and defense.

Shortly after learning about these accusations, Finmeccanica said in a statement that "neither the group nor entities related to it" paid the government of Panama "by intermediaries" for the contracts signed in 2010 by the companies Selex Sistemi Integrati, Telespazio Argentina and AgustaWestland.

Pozzessere accused Esteban Caselli, the former Argentine diplomat who was elected as an Italian parliamentarian for the constituency of South America, as the person who asked Finmeccanica for a "commission" for the sale of a helicopter to the Interior Ministry in Rome, an operation which in the end was never carried out.

In his statements to prosecutors, the manager of Finmeccanica also referred to Caselli in another transaction, for the sale of aircraft and helicopters to the Indonesian government.

Among those investigated is also the former Minister Claudio Scajola, one of the men closest to the former Premier Silvio Berlusconi, accused for Finmeccanica business in Brazil.

Pozzessere was arrested by order of the judge of preliminary investigations of Naples, Dario Gallo, at the request of prosecutors Vincenzo Piscitelli and Henry John Woodcock. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: Yeah, that checks. This whole Finmeccanica thing in Panama was a case of "corruptus interruptus." They had it all set up, it was ready to go, then the Berlusconi scandal blew up in Italy and it all came apart before any bribes were actually paid. So the government of Panama simply readjusted the contracts to slice out the overcharges (that were going to be covering the bribes) and then went about their business like nothing at all had happened. I personally think Juan Carlos Varela was the one who set this whole thing up, and when it fell apart that led to the breakup of the alliance between the Panameñistas and the Cambio Democratio parties back in August 2011. So, Martinelli was going to be getting $23.4 million on the deal and it never happened. Gotcha...

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Supreme Court Internal Investigation Has Tongues Wagging

Corruption An investigation ordered by the General Affairs Division of the Supreme Court, which led to the seizure of computers from the offices of Supreme Court Justice Hernán De León, generated a whole lot of controversy yesterday in the country's highest court.

The situation arose just past 10:00 am yesterday morning, when Ramiro Jarvis, the Chief of Security for the Supreme Court, appointed by the President of the Supreme Court Justice Alejandro Moncada Luna, went to the office of Justice De León Batista to remove the computer equipment that had been assigned to Viodelda Yángüez, Rocío Tenorio, Ricardo Fuller and Akira Castillo, who are De León's assistants, in order to conduct a review of the contents of these computers.

De León, who had not been notified of the proceedings, questioned the reasons for the inspection. In reply, Jarvis said he was following orders from higher office, and he said it was an internal investigation. The order to seize the computers was signed by the Supreme Court Judges Harley Mitchell, Harry Díaz, and the President of the Supreme Court of Justice Alejandro Moncada Luna.

Judge De Leon made ​​it clear yesterday he would file the corresponding complaints because he considered the seizure conducted by the Chief of Security of the Supreme Court to be highly irregular. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: I don't think I've ever heard of this sort of an internal investigation being conducted within the halls of the Supreme Court. This is very, highly unusual. Apparently there's some sort of an internal investigation going on against the office of Supreme Court Justice Hernán De León. One can only assume or speculate as to the reasons, without knowing the details of the investigation, but the other Supreme Court justices would not take such a drastic step unless they had some serious smoke or fire going on. I suspect there will be a whole lot more on this later, as it develops. In case you're wondering, Hernán De León Batista was appointed to the Supreme Court in December 2011 by president Ricardo Martinelli, replacing Alberto Cigarruista in the First Civil Chamber. Now let's see, what controversial cases might he have signed off on in the last ten months or so, since taking office. Hey, I've got a couple in mind...

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Internal Investigation In The Supreme Court

CorruptionThe Judge of the First Civil Court, Hernán A. De Leon, said Thursday that he would file complaints against what he considered to be an irregular inspection conducted by the office of security of the Supreme Court of Justice.

The situation occurred shortly after 10:00 am on Thursday, when Ramiro Jarvis, the Chief of Security of the Court, appointed by the President of the Supreme Court Alejandro Moncada Luna, arrived at the office of Judge De León Batista to "sequester" the computers of four of his office assistants.

De Leon, who had not been notified of the proceedings, questioned the reasons for the implementation, and Jarvis said he was following orders from higher office, and he explained that it was an internal investigation.

The order to remove the office equipment was signed by the judges Harley Mitchell, Harry Diaz and the chief justice of the Supreme Court, Alejandro Moncada Luna.

For an investigation ordered by the Chamber of General Affairs of the Supreme Court of Justice, the Internal Audit Department, asked the Direction of Information to removed the computer equipment assigned to Viodelda Yangüez, Rocio Tenorio, Ricardo Fuller and Akira Castillo for inspection. (TVN)

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Curz Asks Honor Commission of Bar Association To Drop Investigation

CorruptionThe lawyer Rogelio Cruz went this morning to the National Bar Association to file a brief stating the reasons why the Honor and Discipline Committee of the guild should close the case against him. Cruz said there is no evidence he delivered a cell phone to his client Fermín Antonio Taveras and he said it that had been the case, then it would not constitute a lack of work ethic. Moreover, he said the incident was the meeting between him and his client was video taped is proof that in this prison located in the headquarters of the National Police in Ancon, the rights of the detainees are being violated. The lawyer told local media that in the coming days he would be filing a criminal complaint against the Chief of the National Police, Julio Moltó. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: I hope they make an example out of this guy. The Panamanian Bar Association has the legal right to issue a public admonition, and to suspend Cruz's license to practice law in Panama for up to one year (for the first offense.) For the second or subsequent offenses, they can suspend his license for a minimum of two years or more. The case was referred to the Bar Association by the Attorney General.

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Tamburrelli Managed A Total Of $597.8 Million

Corruption Giacomo Tamburrelli, the controversial former director of the National Assistance Program, managed a budget of $597.8 million in two years. This was revealed by a new report by the Ministry of the Presidency, to which La Prensa had access.

The document notes that in 2010 the National Assembly passed a budget of $87.4 million for the PAN, and was then published in the Official Gazette No. 26398-A. However, at the end of that year, the PAN - previously known as the Social Investment Fund (FIS) - spent $231.6 million, or $144.2 million more than the original budget.

In 2011, the approved budget for the PAN was $115.8 million. However, as of December 31 of that year the PAN had spent $225.4 million, according to the report of the Presidency.

And, through July of this year 2012, and the budget spent by the entity was $140.8 million.

The opposition has complained that the increases in the budget came just as 28 deputies, 19 mayors and 171 representatives from the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) and the Panameñista political party jumped ship to either the MOLIRENA or the ruling Democratic Change (CD) party.

When he was a candidate the CD party president Ricardo Martinelli promised to eliminate the FIS, calling it a "source of corruption."

The report highlights precisely that the majority of the multi million dollar projects executed by the PAN were done precisely in the circuits where there were defector deputies.

The resignation of Tamburrelli - who is also the current General Secretary of the ruling CD political party - comes after the publication of a series of investigative reports conducted by La Prensa, in relation to the awarding of lucrative contracts for poor work, such as the rehabilitation of rural roads, and the construction of a road leading to the estate of his father in law, in the province of Los Santos.

Meanwhile, the national direction of the Panameñista announced this week that they will file a criminal complaint this week with the Public Ministry against Tamburrelli for his alleged involvement in irregularities during his tenure in the PAN. (Prensa)

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Giacomo Tamburrelli Resigned Last Wednesday

CorruptionGiacomo Tamburrelli resigned on Wednesday from his position as the General Manager of the National Mortgage Bank, said an official source, who also said the president, Ricardo Martinelli, has not yet accepted his resignation. Tamburrelli has been the Manager of the National Mortgage Bank since 13 August 2012, after he left his position as the manager of the National Action Program. Tamburrelli's resignation comes amid an investigation conducted by this newspaper (La Prensa), in relation to the awarding of lucrative contracts to rehabilitate rural roads and the construction of a road leading to the estate of his father on law, in the province of Los Santos. (Prensa)
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Tamburrelli Benefited His Father-In-Law

CorruptionA year before leaving the direction of the National Assistance Program to take over the Mortgage Bank, the Secretary General of the ruling Democratic Change party, Giacomo Tamburrelli, rehabilitated, with double sealed asphalt, a rough road two kilometers long in the province of Los Santos at a cost of half a million dollars. This is the road from Las Palmistas to Los Perales, where there are no houses in the first 1.9 kilometers of travel, but only farms, and one of those farms is owned by Sergio Amaya, Tamburrelli's father-in-law. The work done on this road contrast with other projects done by the PAN around the country, where only crushed stone has been used to rehabilitate the roads, many of which are already showing serious deterioration. "These projects are made with select material, but not asphalt ..." was the answer given to this newspaper by Tamburrelli, refusing to talk about the road leading to the estate of his father-in-law and, as noted, was rehabilitated using double seal asphalt. (Prensa)
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Corruption Trial Against Former Minister of Education Suspended

CorruptionThe Sixteenth Criminal Court suspended the trial of the former Minister of Education Belgis Castro and nine others indicted for embezzlement of more than $153,000, after the granting in an allegedly irregular manner of contracts to remove fiberglass from ten schools in Panama. The process was scheduled for Wednesday and will last until Friday, September 28. Courthouse sources confirmed the trial was suspended shortly after 10:00 am today, because one of the defense lawyers filed an excuse, because he had another hearing.

The trial was scheduled to begin at 9:00 am, but Judge Enrique Perez entered the audience hall of the Maritime Court of Balboa and one hour later, and after the roll call was taken of the accused and their lawyers, they noticed the absence of the defense lawyer for Glenis Garcia, one of the accused. Although the court appointed a public defender to replace the absent lawyer (Adolfo Pitti), the defendant asked the judge to be allowed to keep her lawyer, the judge agreed, and the process was suspended. Then it emerged that Pitti presented an excuse before the clerk's office, because he had a hearing today in the province of Veraguas.

Castro, who was Minister of Education from 2007 to 2008 in the government of President Martin Torrijos, arrived around 8:30 am, before the scheduled time to start, without being seen by the media.

Besides Castro and Garcia, the others who are accused in this case are Vidal Jaén, Sixto Rosales, Rodolfo Cabrera, Juan Zerna, César Cordero, Juan Castañedas, Roberto Ariza and Marcos Barrios. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: This whole "fiberglass removal" scandal was a big deal that started about four years ago. First, these guys in the Ministry of Education would get students and parents at the schools to protest over the supposed presence of "fiberglass contamination" in the schools. Then, they went to the National Assembly to ask for more money, in order to clean it up. Then, they (allegedly) handed out sweetheart cleanup contracts with kickbacks, in order to steal the money. And now they are about to go to court. Finally.

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Court Acquits ANATI's Anabelle Villamonte In Paitilla Land Titling Case

Corruption The Third Criminal Court acquitted the former Director of Land Titling of the National Land Administration (ANATI) Anabelle Villamonte; the florist Segura César Segura; and the lawyer Francisco Pérez Ferreira; who had been accused over the titling of the parcel of land in Paitilla. The decision was signed by Judge Hilda Bonilla, who has only six days at the helm of the Third Criminal Court, after she replaced Adolfo Mejía, who was appointed to a position in the Second Superior Tribunal of Justice.

According to the decision, reported yesterday through Edict 868, Villamonte was acquitted of charges of embezzlement, while Segura and Ferreira were acquitted of charges of falsifying documents. The investigation of this process began after a complaint filed on 12 August 2011 by the current governor of the province of Panama, Mayín Correa, in which the parcel of land in question (ocean front land fill) belongs to the Municipality of Panama and, therefore, could not be transferred.

Guillermina McDonald, Villamonte's lawyer, said the court decided according to law, because it was never proven that a crime was committed.

During the preliminary hearing of the case, held in May, the Second Anti Corruption Prosecutor, Lizzette Chevalier, asked the court to bring Villamonte, Segura, and Ferreira to trial. In that hearing Chevalier said she had been able to establish the existence of serious irregularities in the transfer process for the parcel of land in Paitilla.

Villamonte was also exonerated by the same court in the process against her for the titling, supposedly irregular, of land in Juan Hombrón.

We (La Prensa) consulted the Press Secretary of the Public Ministry to see if the Prosecutor Chevalier would appeal the decision, and were told she had not yet been officially notified of the court's decision.

Last week, work began on the construction of a park on the parcel of land in question in Paitilla. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: Let me point out a couple of things. First of all, notice that the original judge who was responsible for the Third Criminal Court - Adolfo Mejía - was given a big, fat, juicy promotion to a much more important seat on the Second Superior Tribunal, after he signed the decision in the Juan Hombrón case, which also absolved Anabelle Villamonte of all charges, back in June 2012.

So, there's the timeline. Anabelle Villamonte goes to trial before the Third Criminal Court, and she is found innocent of all charges - it's dropped. Then President Ricardo Martinelli signed an Executive Order, returning those lands in Juan Hombrón back to the State. Just as in the Paitilla case, those lands were returned to government ownership. Then Jimmy Papadimitriu resigned. Then the Judge who handed down that decision is promoted to the Second Superior Tribunal - apparently as a reward for following orders. It has always seemed like the "deal" was for Jimmy Papadimitriu to take the responsibility in the Juan Hombrón case, and the lower level people who were simply doing his bidding would be absolved, set free, and not face any serious prison time. Regardless of what the evidence says. At this level where the justice system and politics mix in Panama, this is how the game is played.

So, who is held responsible? Where's the crime? Where's the punishment? The only "down side" are the negative headlines in the press, and Jimmy Papadimitriu had to resign. That's it?

Fast forward to the charges pending against Anabelle Villamonte in the case involving the landfill in Paitilla. Just as in the Juan Hombrón case, President Ricardo Martinelli issued an Executive Order to return those lands to State ownership. Jimmy Papadimitriu resigned. And the new judge, who replaced Adolfo Mejía, drops all charges six days after she sat down in the chair. In this case, rather than a promotion if you do the right thing as requested, it's much more likely she got the job because she agreed to drop those charges as soon as she walked in the door. So welcome aboard, and job number one is to acquit Anabelle Villamonte. Wow. The blatant appearance of corruption is lost on absolutely no one. Everyone is in agreement. And, all they can say is "wow" and "no surprise there."

But there's a problem with this strategy. What judge are they going to promote or hire in the Punta Chame case? What about the several cases that will be coming out of Bocas del Toro. Same people involved - ANATI, Anabelle Villamonte, the Director of the ANATI Franklin Oduber, Jimmy Papadimitriu - but, he can't resign again, that bullet has been spent. There are many, many, many more cases of corruption and blatant abuse of power and authority and office by this exact same group of people, and it seems to me like they are going to quickly run out of ways to paper their ass.

There's really no surprise here, with this most recent acquittal of Anabelle Villamonte. I don't understand how they can say the case was handled according to the law. If no laws were broken, then why did President Ricardo Martinelli feel the need to intervene and take those lands back, and return them to State ownership? If nothing "irregular" occurred, then why did Jimmy Papadimitriu resign on the same day that Martinelli issued the Executive Order for the land in Juan Hombrón? Was it just a coincidence that the judge who acquitted Anabelle Villamonte was quickly promoted to a much more important position? And most importantly, how do they plan to protect themselves from the shit-blizzard that's coming, on the horizon - identical Modus Operandi, same people, same names - only the victims are different. They are using this newly created ANATI outfit to STEAL land worth millions if not billions of dollars, all over the country. And judging by the headline today, they apparently think they are going to be able to get away with it, and do whatever they want with the ANATI.

Here's my prediction. This whole ANATI thing is going to be come the the CD's albatross. It's going to drag them down going into the 2014 elections, like a cancer. And like any cancer, the sooner you cut it out and kill it, the better the prognosis for the patient. (Important side note - killing the journalists won't help, it's too late for that, bad plan...) If Ricardo Martinelli fails to act - and soon - to clean up this ANATI shit storm, then their prospects to remain in power after the 2014 election diminish by the day. Sooner or later the PRD is going to wake up to the virtual corruption buffet set before them with all of these ANATI land scandals, and they will almost certainly use those to make as much political hay as possible, between now and May 2014.

It's not too late - Martinelli could ORDER a full blown investigation, headed by a combination of AUDITORS from the Office of the Comptroller of the Republic, backed up by the PROSECUTORS of the Public Ministry. Martinelli could order a FREEZE on all land titles, because the ANATI is so completely screwed up, it's dangerous. And, he has the power to REVERSE those illegal decisions, just as he has already done in the Paitilla and Juan Hombrón cases. If he fails to do these things, then the PRD will probably win in 2014. Amazingly enough, it seems like the CD found a way to screw up a wet dream. My analysis of the situation, for what it's worth. Let's see how it all plays out over the coming weeks and months. Well, days. And, these issues are not going to be decided in Panama City. They are going to be decided by international investors, and by headlines being made in New York and Washington. That sound you hear is not an approaching train, but rather a tornado. Any minute now...

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Torrijos Once Again To Have CEMIS Case Annulled

Corruption The legal team of lawyers representing the former President Martin Torrijos presented an "incident of controversy" in the controversial CEMIS case. The appeal was filed on 20 August 2012, and it argues that in 2010, when the case was reopened by Supreme Court Judge Alejandro Moncada Luna who was acting as the prosecutor at that time, he ordered that a new record should be opened instead of taking as a starting point the file that had already been advanced by José Antonio Sossa as the prosecutor in 2002.

Today the prosecutor in the case is Abel Zamorano, and he recommended to the Substantiating Justice Efren Tello, that the "incident of controversy" should be "turned away as inadmissible," and he asked the Judge to ratify his request to prevent the unauthorized departure of Torrijos from the country.

Torrijos's defense did not rule out the possibility that they would present new incidents as part of their legal strategy. (Estrella)

Editor's Comment: The defense lawyers for Torrijos have presented a whole bunch of these "incidents" as part of their strategy to slow down the case, and to prevent it from ever going to court. Incredibly, Torrijos resigned from the Central American Parliament in order to avoid having the case go before the Supreme Court of Panama, because if he's not a member of the PARLACEN then they no longer have jurisdiction to hear the case. However, Torrijos' resignation is still "pending" and the case remains hung up in a sort of legal limbo. The justice system in Panama is completely and totally screwed, especially in high profile and politically charged cases such as this.

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Ochy Sued Corprensa (La Prensa Newspaper) For $7 Million

CorruptionThe brothers David y Daniel Ochy Diez and the company Panaplátanos S.A. sued civilly La Prensa SA (Corprensa) and they are claiming compensation of $7 million for moral and material damages allegedly caused after the publication of news about land titling in Baru, Chiriqui. The lawsuit, filed 17 August 2012 before the Twelfth Civil Court, attacked two news items published by La Prensa on 5 June and 30 July 2012.

The lawyers for the brothers David y Daniel Ochy Diez, from the firm Castillo, Moreno & Asociados, concluded in the civil action that La Prensa caused personal and moral damage to their clients, "attributing them, nationally and internationally, with offensive links to murky and irregular facts and situations." Consequently, the brothers demanded $2 million each for moral damages, $500,000 each for actual damages, and another $ 2 million for damage to Panaplátanos.

This is an ordinary civil proceeding for a large amount that is pending.

In the articles referred to the lawsuit, titled "The Business Behind The Invasion Of Land", "Banana Farms, Big Business With Lands Of Barú", and "Land Titles In Barú, Chiriquí, The Business Behind The Conflict" became a historical account of land titling in the banana zone of Baru, based on testimony from several sources, including the manager of AST Barú Panaplátanos and farmers in the area.

In addition, for each of the publications made by La Prensa, they repeatedly asked for their version of events, which, however, they chose to not provide a response. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: Hey, look. Yet another scandal involving allegations of sweetheart deals for land titles issued by the ANATI. There's more on the way...

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Has ANATI Been Screwing You Over In Panama? File A Criminal Complaint...

Corruption By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The snowball is starting to pick up some speed, with regards to the rampant corruption at the National Land Authority (ANATI) in the Republic of Panama. First there was the case of the stolen land in Paitilla. Shortly after breaking in the news, the Paitilla scandal was quickly followed by the Juan Hombrón case - in which bogus front companies were established to steal 54 hectares of beachfront property. As a result of these revelations the Minister of the Presidency Jimmy Papadimitriu was forced to resign. President Ricardo Martinelli issued Executive Orders in which he decreed the titles issued on those properties were null and void, and the land would be returned to the state. Yesterday there was a ceremony to initiate the construction on a new park in Paitilla on the land that was going to be stolen.

But then new cases started to emerge. I was the first to report on the Punta Chame scandal - in which the exact same people were involved. The lawyer representing landowners in Punta Chame filed an official and formal criminal complaint, and the Attorney General started an official investigation on 3 August 2012. The La Prensa newspaper has published a series of investigative reports focusing on Punta Chame. But the corruption at the ANATI did not stop in October 2011 when Anabelle Villamonte was forced to resign. It kept going, and it's still going on, right now.

As a result of these reports, my inbox has been literally flooded recently with people saying "hey, me too..." Other victims who have been brutalized by ANATI corruption. Crooks stealing land through corrupt government officials. Meanwhile, the victims have been trying to fight those actions through "traditional" administrative methods. Just today I gave the same advice to two different (new) groups of individuals, different parts of the country, who have had their land taken away from them by the ANATI in an expeditious and corrupt manner. My advice to these people is simple - they need to file CRIMINAL complaints with the Public Ministry and the Attorney General's office, and then let the news media know about what they have done. It makes no sense to complain to the ANATI or to try to file petitions or administrative challenges against the actions they have taken, because they are the very same people who are corrupt and doing the screwing. So, form a congo line, folks. Once you file your criminal complaint, send me a copy. The press can't talk about your case until you've gone on the record, and have filed an official complaint. Once you've filed your complaint, then we can talk about it all day long. The snowball is gaining speed, and it's getting bigger by the minute as more and more people start to get a clue. You can expect all of this to get much bigger, rather than going away. Soon, there will be complaints filed in International courts, and news stories in international media. Bigger. Much, much bigger.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Erasmo Pinilla Makes Allegations Of Extortion

CorruptionThe Electoral Court judge Erasmo Pinilla reported having been the victim of an extortion attempt orchestrated by those related to the government of President Ricardo Martinelli. As stated in the complaint, filed on August 13 in the Eight Circuit Prosecutor's Office, it all began with the firing of the driver Javier Bosso on 23 July 2012, for allegedly accumulating unexcused absences and tardiness. Before the decision of Isaura Gonzalez, the Administrative Director, Bosso said they could not fire him "because he knows a lot of bad things against the judges" and he threatened to report them to the media.

The complaint says Bosso threatened to say that Pinilla put gasoline, property of the Electoral Tribunal, in his son's car, and that he took his brother in law on a trip with him to the Dominican Republic. Pinilla's lawyer, Jose Ceballos, said the car is Pinilla's and he can use the fuel as entitled by law, and that Pinilla's brother in law paid for his trip to the Dominican Republic.

They Promised Him Work - One of the witnesses says in the complaint that Bosso asked him for help to extort Pinilla, and as payment, they would nominate him to a position in the government of Ricardo Martinelli, because "for this I was talking to Luis Eduardo Camacho."

Camacho is the State Secretary of Communication, and he dismissed the importance of the complaint filed by Judge Pinilla. "If Pinilla has a legal problem, he should confront it without blaming anybody," said the official. He clarified that he can't offer government jobs, because he does not have the power to hire anyone. (Siglo)

Editor's Comment: Ah, there you go. The current President of the Electoral Tribunal Gerardo Solis leaves office in November of this year, and he will be replaced by a CD lapdog. So now they are going after another of the sitting judges, Erasmo Pinilla, on charges of corruption, saying he was stealing gas and paying for relatives to accompany him on international trips. This sounds like the preamble to pull an "Ana Matilde Gomez" routine on Pinilla. Force him out of office, now, well before the 2014 elections. There are only three judges on the Electoral Tribunal, so if they can get two seats, presto chango - they have it all. The Electoral Tribunal is the last important powerful agency which is not under the control of the CD. Apparently, they want to make a "cambio" - democratic or otherwise. Bad news for the dog catcher in Colon - he's a PRD guy, so he's probably next on the list...

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Security Ministry Suspends Boot Purchase After News Reports On High Prices

CorruptionThe tender for the purchase of 6,800 pairs of boots for the National Police, scheduled for Friday, was suspended. The Security Ministry, through a statement, said a new public tender will be held in the first weeks of October, without specifying a date. The move comes after this newspaper (La Estrella) published several reports about possible irregularities in the bidding process. The Security Ministry allocated a $1,127,780 for the purchase, equal to $165 for ever pair of boots. A price that is viewed as 'high', by various experts on the subject, considering that on the local market, these boots can be purchased for $60. Besides, the price and specifications match the bid made by the company Mil-Spec to the National Police last May.

Now, the Security Ministry said in this statement they will make changes to the statement of objections of the tender. Meanwhile, sources close to the process claimed that the act was made ​​to order. (Estrella)

Editor's Comment: If the boots can be purchased on the street for $60 retail, then the government should be able to buy them wholesale for about $40 per pair, or a total of $272,000 for the contract, about a million dollars less than what they were going to do. So, this doesn't seem like a very good deal unless they were going to throw in a free riding crop and dog collar with every pair of combat boots, because someone is getting screwed in this deal. How many contracts like this one - with inflated pricing - have gone through in the past three years? Is anyone watching the hen house? Will anyone ever know? Or, will the fact that everyone is making a whole lot of money keep the CD in power in 2014?

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Charges Accepted Against MOLIRENA Party Leader De Janón

CorruptionThe Judge of Guarantees, Jazmin Jaén, admitted yesterday the application for a criminal complaint against the Director of the MOLIRENA political party Gabriel De Janón, for the crime of trafficking of influence, but did not order his arrest. The hearing came as a result of the complaint filed by the Councilman from the Panameñista political party Aurelio Alonso, because De Janón allegedly offered him money to change to a political party of the ruling government. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: Wow. The hearing was held yesterday in Penonome, under the new Accusatory system. The judge accepted the case, and gave the anti corruption prosecutor six months to complete her investigation and to bring the case to trial. De Janón allegedly offered Alonso $100,000 and 1,000 bags of food in exchange for him changing to either the CD or MOLIRENA political party, and for signing up new party members. De Janón was basically caught red handed in the an office of the National Assembly by Panameñista party members, as he was making the offer to Alonso. The prosecution claims to have taped telephone conversations, as well as a witness statement from the pilot who flew De Janón from Panama City to Penonome. De Janón had been credited as being one of the people responsible for convincing people to switch from the Panameñista party to MOLIRENA.

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ANATI Titled A Sandbar in Punta Chame - Investigation Continues

Corruption"The only thing that was granted was a certificate that he [Jose Calderon Rivera] lived in Punta Chame because I know he has a house in the community, but not on the beach," revealed Markela Loina, the Justice of the Peace in Punta Chame, upon learning that the certificate she issued was used in the record to support the decision made by the former Director of Land Titling Anabelle Villamonte, to grant free title on a parcel of land that was passed to the hands of the company Puntabeach Interprises.

Surprised, Loina said the "simple certificate of residence" she gave to Calderon, who is 65 years old, was not to confirm he had been living on the parcel of land measuring more than 9,000 square meters for more than five years, land which had been requested from the National Land Authority (ANATI) on the Pacific coast. "I just signed a document saying the petitioner resided in Punta Chame, but did not give an exact location of his residence," she explained. Indeed, in the record of the titling process, to which this newspaper (La Prensa) had access, resides the document which certifies Calderón Rivera's residence in Punta Chame which had been signed by the Justice of the Peace, but it does not mention the exact location of his residence. "I felt it was a normal procedure, when he asked me as anyone does who comes [to the office] and asks me to certify that they have lived in the area for more than five years," she reiterated.

Editor's Comment: This is another comprehensive report by La Prensa, in their ongoing investigation of the "irregularities" in the granting of a title on a parcel of land measuring more than 9,000 square meters in Punta Chame. The details continue to slowly filter out, and there are many more similar cases which have yet to reach the light of day. It is becoming more and more apparent that this new ANATI organization was being used to steal land all over the country, worth millions upon millions of dollars. And, they are not going to be able to cover it all up. (more)

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Attorney General Starts Official Investigation Into Punta Chame Land Snatch

CorruptionPanama's Attorney General Jose Ayu Prado started an official investigation, to determine whether there were irregularities in the titling of more than 9,000 square meters of land in Punta Chame, authorized by the former Director of Land Titling Anabelle Villamonte. Ayu Prado said they started their official investigation on 3 August 2012, after the case was reported in the news media. "We have started the investigation" said the Attorney General, without specifying whether or not they have cited Villamonte or other ANATI officials. (Prensa)
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Corrupt High Ranking ANATI Officials Forced Titling Of Punta Chame Beaches - Over The Objections Of Lower Ranking Technicians

Corruption "It is a sandy beach that has been deposited by tidal action, extending over the entire area of the application." This is how the technicians from the Authority of Land Management (ANATI) described more than 9,000 square meters of land that the corporation Puntabeach Interprises requested, in February 2011, to be granted free title in Punta Chame, on the Pacific coast of Panama.

Although this description converted the solicited land into an area that could not legally be titled, the then Director of Land Titling Anabelle Villamonte Murgas, authorized the granting of the free title, eight months after the petition was filed.

At that moment in time, Villamonte was already embroiled in the eye of the hurricane over the strange process of a free land title granted in Paitilla to a florist. And, the scandal of the beach land in Juan Hombrón was already underway.

Editor's Comment: This is a continuation of the reporting started by Panama-Guide on irregularities discovered in the titling of land in Punta Chame. The reporters from the La Prensa newspaper apparently either obtained a copy of the ANATI case file or had access to it, and they were able to sift through the details if the "irregularities" in the process. This is just one of a handful of new cases that are emerging which indicate the rampant corruption at the ANATI. The government has been able to successfully cover for the corrupt officials who were caught during the Paitilla and Juan Hombrón cases. Those corrupt officials were found to be not guilty in court, because they were just flunkies acting on behalf of high ranking government officials, who took the fall for them. President Ricardo Martinelli issued Executive Orders returning the lands in Paitilla and Juan Hombrón to the state, and the former Minister of the Presidency Jimmy Papadimitriu was forced to resign. However, there are, in fact, many more cases which are just now starting to come to light. This case in Punta Chame is literally just the tip of the iceberg. (Editor's Comments end, La Prensa article continues below.) (more)

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ANATI Will Set Land Prices For Coastal Areas

CorruptionThe draft bill being written by the Director of the National Authority of Land Management (ANATI) contains a new sliding scale that would govern when someone wants to obtain title on island land, or near beaches or the coast. According to the proposal, which will be discussed today by the National Land Council, a land owner in San Carlos would have to pay $375,000 per hectare to the Treasury in order to obtain title. To get a title on Isla Colon in the province of Bocas del Toro, anyone who has rights of possession would have to pay $700,000 per hectare. This would replace the existing provision in current law, that allows the government to grant a title for free on island or coastal lands for parcels up to 50,000 square hectares. According to the Director of ANATI, Franklin Oduber, these changes would put an end to speculation.

Lands Continue To Be In The Name Of The Nation - Amid the uncertainty, today marks two months since the government announced the expropriation of 54.3 hectares in John Hombrón that were titled for free in a fast award processes and given to corporations by the former Director of Titling Anabelle Villamonte. In the history of the farms in the Public Registry, there are "marginals" placed against these properties were it reads "partial expropriation," while in the Land Registry a marginal makes reference to the "decree" of the expropriation of farms, although still no evidence that the farms have been taken over by the Nation. The former Minister of the Presidency Demetrio Papadimitriu said parents should decide whether they fight or not such properties. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: This is another strong indication that both Papadimitriu and Oduber have leverage against Ricardo Martinelli. Unbelievably, Papadimitriu is indicating he might try to "fight" for these properties which were clearly obtained through the use of fraud, graft, corruption, and abuse of office and power and authority. While Oduber feels confident enough to try to put forward this proposal which would make him the "Land God Of Panama" for the next seven years, and he could only be removed by the Supreme Court. Obviously, none of these things will be acceptable to the Panamanian public. Martinelli's political opponents are just now starting to wake up to the smorgasbord of the bullshit buffet laid before them, as they head into the 2014 election cycle. Just yesterday Telemetro (PRD biased) television channel started reporting on yet another ANATI land fraud case, this time in Lake Bayano, in which Panama's Ambassador to Honduras is involved. And although the Ambassador is denying his involvement, he signed all of the documents. The CD has been able to "bury" both the Paitilla and Juan Hombron land scandals, but Punta Chame and Bocas del Toro and Chiriqui and Colon and now Lake Bayano are just getting started. The ANATI does not need more power, nor is there a need to change the law. There is a need to ENFORCE existing laws. The President should order and immediate AUDIT of the ANATI, to be conducted by the Public Ministry and the Comptroller. But, if they fail to do that, and if they decide instead to try to push forward this package of bullshit ANATI reforms in an attempt to cover up their crimes, then the opposition PRD and Panameñistas will literally eat their lunch in the polls in 2014. So - there's my prediction. If the CD passes these ANATI reforms, and if they fail to clean this mess up (right now), then they will lose in a big way in 2014.

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Yet Another Case Of ANATI Abusing It's Power - This Time On Lake Bayano

CorruptionA senior government official is involved in an issue of land titling on Isla Paraiso, also known as Isla Guayabo in Lake Bayano. This is Panama's ambassador in Honduras, and his wife who are identified by local farmers from the area, who say they want to unjustly expel them from their lands where they have lived for years, and they claim they are making improper procedures, and also that these government authorities are using their influence to take their lands.

Telemetro Reporta had access to a document that sits in the offices of the National Land Authority (ANATI); a land titling procedure from Chepo, signed by the ambassador who had previously claimed that he had nothing to do with the subject, but rather it was his wife. The ambassador's wife said they have been doing this process since before her husband became an ambassador.

According to the engineer, Jose Isabel Blandon Castillo, who planned the Bayano project in the 70s, there is a complete "disorder" in this process, and he said not only are they selling this island, but also that it's been titled twice. He said the area has the lake and the perimeter of protection, which cannot be adjudicated. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: Hey, look! Another case of allegations of high ranking officials in the government of Panama abusing their political power and authority through the ANATI to get title granted on land, quickly and easily. I'm telling you, they are abusing the hell out of this ANATI thing. The snowball will just keep rolling down hill, and it will get bigger and bigger. More to come. Either Martinelli fixes this crap, or it will take down his party. My prediction, for what it's worth.

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