Parlacen refuses to swear in the Martinelli Linares
77.5% of the 120 main deputies of the Central American Parliament (Parlacen), in a session of more than seven hours, voted in favor of the directive of that forum, led by Nadia De León, decided to deny the swearing in of the brothers Luis Enrique and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares as alternate deputies.
The resolution is denying the swearing in of the brothers, Amado Cerrud, head of the Panamanian caucus, told this newspaper. In the same session, the deputy Giselle Burillo, of Democratic Change, read a resolution that had been approved last Thursday night by 11 Panamanian deputies, in which they asked the board of that regional entity to defend the institutionality of the body and the prerogatives they have.
The Martinelli Linares brothers have been detained since last July 6 in Guatemala, awaiting an eventual extradition to the United States, which claims them for alleged money laundering and conspiracy to launder funds.
Several deputies of the Panamanian bench in the Central American Parliament (Parlacen) defended yesterday, during the plenary session of that regional forum, the inherent prerogatives of the position that its members have.
The support was made by the Deputy for Democratic Change (CD), Giselle Burillo, who managed to get a group of her colleagues to endorse said motion with one of the last items on the agenda, with 67 votes. Burillo read the letter that 12 deputies from the Panamanian caucus endorsed last Thursday night, pointing out that the institutionality of Parlacen and its members must be respected.
It was signed by Gilberto Succari and Dorindo Cortez, from the Democratic Revolutionary Party; Burillo, Dalver Tuñón, Uarren Beitía, Abraham Carrasquilla, and Carlos Outten, from CD. Jackeline Muñoz, and Margarita Vásquez, who although they were elected through the CD ballot, belong to the Alliance party. Héctor Valderrama, another Alianza deputy, also voted in favor, as did José Ramos, who although he is a deputy for the Panameñista, is a member of the Popular Party. This group also includes Rachell González, from the Nationalist Republican Liberal Movement. Eight deputies abstained from participating. The resolution was endorsed eight days after the PRD caucus announced that it rejected the swearing in of the children of former President Ricardo Martinelli.
In the resolution promoted by Burillo, Nadia De León, president of the regional forum, is asked to carry out the actions, in favor of asserting and respecting the rights, prerogatives and obligations that fall on the members, principal and alternates, to conform that parliament.
Although the 12 deputies stated that they were not defending the brothers Luis Enrique and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares, their pronouncement is made at a time when their oath is being debated in the forum.
In fact, in said resolution, the Constitutive Treaty of Parlacen and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations are revealed, indicating that the diplomatic authorities have the prerogatives established by said Convention, from the moment their appointment is notified.
This is precisely the thesis proclaimed by the Martinelli Linares legal team.
The former president's children have been detained in Guatemala since July 6, awaiting extradition to the United States, which requires them for an alleged conspiracy to launder money and money laundering related to the Odebrecht case.
After Burillo read the document, there were opinions for and against. According to Parlacen sources, at least 20 deputies from different benches expressed their position. Then she went on to the most important point of the day: the directive was to rule on the laws that regulate the regional body.
77.5% decided that they should, but making it clear that the Martinelli Linares brothers will not be sworn in. This point was proposed by the deputy Martha Pérez, from the Dominican Republic. While 12.5% of the deputies were against Parlacen's pronouncement, and another 10% of the 120 deputies that make up the plenary abstained. The session, which started at around 11:00 am, ended after 7:00 pm
The marathon day was held a day after the Guatemalan attorney general, María Consuelo Porras, filed for constitutional guarantees to prevent the Parlacen from taking the oath.
Among other things, she argued “a fraud of the law” that generated a reaction from Nadia De León, president of Parlacen, who wrote on her Twitter account that she regretted the fact, arguing that the appeal was contrary to the legislation contained in the Treaties and Agreements applied in the State of Guatemala.