Panama - Enrichment verdict on ex-minister and wife in 30 days
The trial of the former Minister of Social Development (2009-2014) Guillermo Ferrufino and his wife Milena Vallarino de Ferrufino, for alleged unjustified enrichment, ended at noon on Tuesday, December 28 with the prosecutor Edwin Juárez requesting the couple's conviction.
Third Liquidator Judge Baloisa Marquínez will present her verdict, in 30 days.
Juárez said that - throughout the process - documentation, such as properties, bank accounts, and farms, could be reviewed. He added that the unjustified amount is close to $2,288,000.
The trial began after 9:00 am The investigation consists of 18 volumes. Attorney Franklin Amaya leads the defense of the former minister, while Eduardo Sequeira is Milena Vallarino de Ferrufino's attorney.
Both specified that they could prove that their clients' assets were acquired legitimately and through mortgage loans.
Judge Eduardo De La Torre, of the defunct Eleventh Criminal Court, decided to call Ferrufino to trial after the former minister could not explain the origin of his patrimonial assets.