The deputies of the Central American Parliament, Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares, were transferred from the isolation area to another site inside the prison in Guatemala, where they are, indicated the general director of the Penitentiary System, Luis Escobar.

The official assured that the Panamanian brothers “are no longer in the isolation area,” and the conditions they now have in the other space where they are “are adequate to respect the integrity and dignity of the person.”

Regarding the supposed escape plan of Ricardo and Luis Martinelli, he emphasized that they could not “corroborate that there was an attempted escape, because there was not.”

The brothers were removed on July 1 from the “VIP area”, as the area where high-profile inmates are located is popularly known.

On July 7, some 24 deputies from all the benches of the National Assembly of # Panama asked to form an Investigation Commission to inquire about the legal situation of their colleagues from Parlacen, Ricardo and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares, detained a year ago in # Guatemala at the request of #EEUU.

In a letter sent to the president of the legislature Crispiano Adames, it is suggested that this State Organ urge the Foreign Ministry to take an interest in the fate of the members of Parlacen, because it is “unacceptable” not to worry about those compatriots and fellow deputies.

Apart from the appointment of the Investigative Commission, based on Article 67 of the Internal Regulations of the Assembly, it is also urged to make a call to Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes to make effective the rights and prerogatives to which fellow citizens detained in Guatemala are entitled as deputies of the Parlacen.

The Martinellis enjoy immunity as members of the Central American Parliament (Parlacen), according to a note written in August 2020 by Francisco Ramos, secretary of the board of directors of this body, in response to Guisela Vargas Juárez, head of the General Directorate of Legal Affairs, International Treaties and Translations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala.

In the Parlacen note, dated August 11, 2020, it is certified that the Extraordinary Credentials Commission gave a favorable opinion on June 27, 2019, when evaluating the credential issued in favor of the Martinelli Linares by the Electoral Tribunal of Panama.


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