Former Panama President’s sons arrested for bribery and money laundering

Jul. 7 – Two sons of the former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli have been arrested and charged of bribery and money laundering inside the corruption scandal that involved the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht in 2014.

The above-mentioned company, indeed, paid more than $700 million in bribes to government officials in various countries.

Luis Enrique and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli were arrested in Guatemala City while they were attempting to board a flight to Panama and now will face extradition to the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, they are accused of having been intermediaries for the payment of a $28 million in bribes from Odebrecht to a Panama high-level official between 2009 and 2014.

Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli (Photo by Congress of the Peruvian Republic, CC BY 2.0)

According to the criminal complaint, they also managed secret bank accounts and used fake company names to pay the bribes

Just last week their father, the former President Martinelli, and his successor, Juan Carlos Vela, have been banned from leaving Panama until the end of investigations in different, separated corruption cases.

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