At least 14 banks appear in the investigations of the #Odebrecht case in #Panama, but none of its executives -except one- is among those accused in the money laundering process, whose preliminary hearing began last week in the Third Liquidator Court.
In the reading of the 819-page tax hearing, the names of the banks that appear in the 2,757 volumes of the investigation that began on September 18, 2015 are repeated.
Banking establishments include: Credicorp Bank, Multicredit Bank, Banco General, Banco Aliado, BBVA, Global Bank, Capital Bank, Banco de Pichincha, Banco Bolivariano, Banvivienda, Banistmo, Banesco, Tower Bank, Banco Aliado, as well as others such as the Private Bank of Andorra, Meil Bank, The Bank of New York, Antigua Overseas Bank and Mundial de Valores.
Despite the fact that there are Compliance Committees in the banks and that many of the politicians, former ministers, former presidents and former officials were Politically Exposed Persons (PEP), the millions of Odebrecht passed through the banks without major problems, despite the fact that the Banking Law It establishes that banks and other subjects supervised by the Superintendency will have the obligation to establish policies and procedures and internal control structures to prevent their services from being used for the crime of money laundering.
Banks are also required to carry out due diligence in their operations with their private customers and with their resources that are the subject of the contractual relationship.
Thus, the Panamanian banks are another of the gaps in the tax hearing presented by the anti-corruption prosecutor, Ruth Maisel Morcillo Saavedra.
The only banker who appears in the tax hearing has already made a penalty agreement. Investigations reveal that he charged 0.7% for transfers that began from there in 2007.
Meanwhile, the lawyer Alfredo Vallarino stressed that the Prosecutor’s Office has mentioned 200 companies and the only one that opened charges was Ricamar and that only indicates the level of persecution against former President Ricardo Martinelli.
Vallarino highlighted that 25 cases were opened against Martinelli and he has already closed 23, which reveals that there is against him what is known as Criminal Law against the Enemy, where the intention is not to seek the truth of the facts, but to the job is to condemn you at any cost.
The jurist announced that next week they will reveal the absurdities of a Prosecutor’s Office that agrees to sentence agreements without penalty and that argues that Martinelli, in 2008 and 2009, without even being elected, committed a crime for receiving campaign donations .
At that time, nobody spoke ill of Odebrecht, but those donations received by Martinelli’s campaign were used to pay TVN spots. Medcom and newspapers, but that money is bad for Ricardo, but it is lawful for the media that received it, according to the prosecutor’s criteria, questioned the criminal.
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