OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- Josito mu amigo. It’s very important you ALWAYS maintain a hand up the ass of ODEBRECHT. This case is bigger than MOSSACK-FONSECA.
The Odebrecht case, an iconic investigation that follows the trail of the millionaire bribes that the Brazilian construction company paid in Panama to award public works, will be settled in the Third Criminal Settlement Court, headed by judge Baloisa Marquínez.
This is what Magistrate María Eugenia López Arias implied, in her capacity as president of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice and coordinator of the liquidation process of the mixed inquisitorial system.
In a statement made public last Wednesday afternoon, López explained that the court closing schedule was established in the agreement of the full Court 551 of October 10, 2016, modified through agreements 354 of August 16, 2017, 32 of January 18, 2018, 89 of February 6, 2020 and 322 of August 13, 2020. The latter, he said, provides that some courts can be liquidated before the planned dates.
Agreement 322 of August 13 indicates that the Twelfth Criminal Court, which is handling the Odebrecht case, will close on September 30. However, López assured that the specialty of the cases will be respected and announced that the Third Liquidator Court (formerly the Eighteenth Criminal Court) will attend to investigations related to money laundering crimes, and that it has already been established to process this type of process.
In passing, López praised the resume and skills of Judge Marquínez. She stated, for example, that she has “vast experience” from the court in charge of dealing with financial crimes and money laundering and “extensive preparation and training” on these issues due to her “constant updating”.
He also highlighted his preparation in “complex and corruption cases.”
Of the case
The Odebrecht case file, which contains 1,067 investigation volumes and 86 accused persons, has been the responsibility of Judge Óscar Carrasquilla.
During its processing, Carrasquilla validated some 13 collaboration and penalty agreements that were processed at the request of the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office and the parties’ lawyers. Among them are those reached with former Odebrecht executives André Rabello former former head of the subsidiary in Panama – Olivio Rodrigues Junior and Luis Eduardo Soares.
Meanwhile, the prosecution has requested 127 judicial assistance to various jurisdictions in search of information on the money moved through bank accounts and companies.
The prosecution has until the second week of October to conclude the investigation, but for every 50 pages of the file it is granted an additional day to work the prosecution hearing.
Although the prosecution could not carry out any investigation after the term expired, this would give it enough time to develop its view and establish the alleged responsibilities of those investigated as part of the process, which began in 2016.