A Million Dollar Dance Behind The PAMAGO Scandal

A Million Dollar Dance Behind The PAMAGO Scandal

Monday, April 04 2011 @ 10:52 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
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About $17.2 million dollars are moving behind the scandal of the group Pursued by Ana Matilde Gomez (Pamago), revealed yesterday the lawyer Roniel Ortiz. The lawyer said the money is related to the investigation that took place against Rancheram and Arnoldo Aleman, cases in which it is connected the former deputy judge Zulay Rodríguez. Ortiz said that in the trial against Rancheram, a suspect who supposedly is being investigated by the United States for money laundering, Zulay intervened as a mediator, giving money to judges to release more than $2 million, belonging to a housing project. In the other case, against the former Nicaraguan president Arnoldo Aleman, Ortiz said Rodriguez was hired to release more than $16 million dollars that are still part of a process that is in court. For his part, the former Ombudsman Italo Antinori called the former judge a “public enemy” because, he said, her accusations are false. According to Antinori, when everything occurred around 20 January 2010, the date when he came out against the former Attorney General Ana Matilde Gomez, the former judge was part of the Pamago group, that was being led by Ortiz. Appearing on the program Face to Face, the lawyer Zulay Rodriguez said she would take more than six witnesses to the National Assembly who will testify under oath about everything that happened in the Supreme Court. The Rodriguez also called Jose Abel Almengor an opportunist. (Panama America)
Editor’s Comment: Oh my gosh! Corruption in the Panamanian Judicial System? Say it isn’t so! I guess no one has heard about Pedro Miguel Gonzalez. Or Winston Spadafora. Or Graciela Dixon. Or CEMIS. What, we’re supposed to see this as something new? Well, in reality what’s new is that there’s someone who is willing to set their hair on fire in public, create a scandal, try to bring others down, etc. Complete this phrase – “Hell hath no fury like…” then fill in the blanks for yourself. And for the record all of this crap is like Christmas for the journalists. Lots of stuff to talk about. Accusations and counter-accusations, bribes and payola, back room deals, power brokers, corruption. Panama is beating itself with a big black rubber hose right now, and I wonder how much of this is getting any attention in other countries. Like – “there’s corruption in the Panamanian judicial system (yawn) … ” = not a headline. Nor is it “news” but rather “olds.”

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