Son of ex-Panamanian president extradited to the United States – English version

Guatemala extradited the son of a former Panamanian president to the United States on charges of conspiring to launder millions of dollars in bribes in a scheme that involved several senior officials in the United States. Latin American government.

The Justice Department announced that Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares, 39, was extradited to the United States on Monday to face an indictment filed against him and his 42-year-old brother, Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares, for money laundering.

The couple, sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Alberto Martinelli, were arrested in July last year at an airport in Guatemala at the request of the United States for laundering some $ 28 million in bribes. paid by and under the direction of construction based in Brazil. Odebrecht company during their father’s 2009-2014 term.

Odebrecht pleaded guilty in December 2016 to using employees and agents to carry out a massive bribery program in which she paid more than $ 700 million in bribes to public and foreign officials to obtain and retain business advantages around the world.

The indictment document says the brothers laundered the money as part of the scheme to benefit an unidentified close relative who was also a senior Panamanian government official by managing secret bank accounts held on behalf of shell companies.

“Many of these financial transactions were in US dollars and were made through US banks, some of which were located in New York,” the Department of Justice said.

Prosecutors said Luis Martinelli Linares had made millions of dollars richer from the program, which he spent on luxury items such as a yacht and a Miami condominium.

According to a court document filed on Monday by the US attorney for the Eastern District of New York in support of the court’s decision to make a permanent order for his detention, Luis Martinelli Linares engaged a US attorney in plea discussions in June. of last year before his arrest. but slipped across the US border to the Bahamas by boat where a private jet attempted to bring him back to Panama.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the plane landed in Costa Rica and then El Salvador from where it traveled by car in the hope of reaching Panama, but was arrested in Guatemala while attempting to board a private family.

Odebrecht was ordered to pay at least $ 3.5 billion in penalties as part of his plea deal to resolve charges in his global corruption program which spanned at least 2001 and involved former government leaders, including former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and former Peruvian President Alan Garcia, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in April 2019 as police arrived to arrest him for corruption. (

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