The lack of notification of three defendants delays hearing in the Blue Apple case

The president of the Criminal Chamber of the CSJ María Eugenia López Arias issues a statement

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The absence of an investigated person, until the date of unknown whereabouts and that of the brothers Luis Enrique and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares, detained in Guatemala since July 6, 2020, to whom the Third Court Liquidator of Criminal Cases of Panama in charge of Baloísa Marquínez has not been able to notify, are among the causes for the postponement of the preliminary hearing of the case Blue Apple.

In a statement the president of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ), Maria Eugenia Lopez Arias explains that taking into account the time it takes to fill out the notifications of those investigated, it is that the Third Court of Criminal Proceedings of Panama rescheduled the hearing to run from April 19 to May 28, 2021, with an alternate date of August 5 to 25, 2021.

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The magistrate also indicates Lopez Arias that the presentation of a habeas corpus promoted in favor of one of those investigated and processed between March and August 2020 in the Second Court of Justice, required that the file be sent to that judicial headquarters.

In this case that starts in 2017, the Public Ministry has requested the Call to trial for 55 people for alleged money laundering, corruption, illicit association and falsification of documents.

According to the investigations, the Public Ministry (MP) was able to verify the creation of a society called Blue Apple, which was used for the purpose of receiving money from bribes that were paid during the administration of former President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014), in exchange for speeding up procedures and payments in infrastructure projects awarded in that period.

Among the accused in addition to the brothers Luis Enrique and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares, sons of former President Ricardo Martinelli, are the former Minister of Public Works (MOP) Federico José Suárez and the businessman Riccardo Francolini, among other former officials.

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