Martinelli sons seized in Guatemala in US money laundering probe

 
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The two sons of former Panama president Ricardo Martinelli were arrested in  Guatemala on  Monday, July 6   were detained in Guatemala on Monday, July 6  following a request for extradition to the United States, where they are required in a case of an alleged conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The Guatemalan National Civil Police reported that thr  Brothers Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares were captured shortly before noon at the La Aurora airport, as they were preparing to board a private humanitarian flight.

Both were under  "surveillance and monitoring since June 30 of this year, after  having classified information that today [Monday] they would be leaving the country."

“These persons, when identified, are notified of a provisional arrest warrant for extradition purposes dated July 3 of this year, for conspiracy to commit money laundering involving a specific activity according to the United States code, according to the order of the Multi-person Criminal First Instance Court for Narco Activity and Crimes Against the Environment in Guatemala, ”the Police reported in a note shared by his spokesman Edwin Monroy.

Ricardo Alberto, 40, and Luis Enrique, 38, carried passports that accredited them as members of the Central American Parliament ( Parlacen ), whose headquarters are in Guatemala, and said they had Italian-Panamanian nationality. They also had four cell phones and cash reports La Prensa.

 

The two said that they were alternate deputies of Parlacen and showed the diplomatic cards dated July 25, 2019.

They were immediately handcuffed and taken to court, "so they can figure out their situation."

Jorge Aguilar Chinchilla, another spokesman for the Guatemalan police, addressed the issue on Radio Panama.

“Right now, two people are being brought to court. They are Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares. They were made available to the Court here in Guatemala, since there is an arrest warrant for extradition purposes, as stated in the order for conspiracy to commit money laundering, ”said Aguilar Chinchilla, who indicated that the brothers allegedly said they were going to El Salvador.

 Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique have resided in the  US for the last 5 years. On November 20, 2018, they were detained in Coral Gables, Miami, by immigration agents, who then reported that the brothers - although they had legally entered the country - no longer had a valid visa. They were detained for 15 days in a migratory shelter in the Everglades, which they left after getting bail for  $1 million each.

“It is when these people are identified in the area, to determine if there is any type of disposition; it was possible to determine that they have an arrest warrant in force. ” "There was information that they would be leaving the country today and the arrest warrant is dated July 3 and today it has been made effective," said Aguilar Chinchilla.

He reiterated that the request was made by the United States and that the work was for intelligence and investigation.

In Guatemala, the N799RM plane, owned by the former president, had landed at 1:12 pm on Monday.

In Panama, Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique are required as defendants in the Odebrecht and New Business cases, both investigations related to the payment of bribes by state contractors, during their father's term. 

The former president is also being investigated for Odebrecht's bribes, but he has not been investigated because he presented an incapacity certificate and a challenge against the prosecutors who are handling the case.

The Second Superior Court of Justice granted bonds to avoid the arrest of the Martinelli Linares brothers, on Panamanian soil. For Odebrecht, the bond is $5 million each; for New Business, for $ 2 million.

Two weeks ago, Luis Enrique had requested permission from Panama to return to the country, with his wife and daughters, on a private flight.

 

 


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George Klk

Panama | Panama Bad Hombre...In U.S. Jails. Panama will say...what's up with our citizens in the U.S.? U.S. will say...we caught them in Guatemala and other places, pal!!! Panama will say...we will sue! Or... We will detain U.S. diplomats as...spies! Okay...that's in the future. U.S. prison will eventually have a special place for... elitist, high profile, front businessmen, underground operators with suitcases of...$$$. Yes, Panama rampant, raging, wildfire...money laundering of Latin banking institutions. U.S. will sanction Panama government with their wet noodle Chinese restaurants (spy headquarters) with Huawei 5G network devices and camera surveillance mixed in with some Panama and China diplomats with Mexico and Guatemala front men underground operators...then the meetings! How to come up with more impunity laws against the United States! Here's how it works! Panama...China...Mexico...Guatemala...Brazil will brainstorm impunity laws far and above the Guatemala deputy den of thieves system as mentioned by former... Panama president Ricardo Martinelli with his battery of lawyers. Maybe...this is just a farfetched...[PREDICTION]...but crimes of this high a profile nature is about hundreds of $$$milllions$$$ and then the icing on the cake....$$$hundreds of billions$$$!!! Panama capital greed with a loco former Panama president is about preserving the dignity of of his actions to destroy others around him...even Panama Attorney Generals...take their house! Then...then sue the United States and complain to the United Nations! The U.S. meddles in the Panama affairs and is targeted and treated unfairly. Guess what? Panama suddenly has the resource to go after the United States... $$$hundreds of Millions!!!$$$ with the aid of China and... Panama concessions and trade-off of its debt. A farfetched prediction??? Panama high crimes are so massive and ridiculous it is a circus town in action! Nothing is left to the imagination, imagine a loco elite controlling Panama at his own whim. The...LOCO...former president...conniving...RICARDO MARTINELLI!!!

4 months ago
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George Klk

Panama | Martinelli Brothers Fugitives and the Red Alert. Red alert on the Martinelli brother fugitives was never ever published in the news media! Red alert certainly would have gotten global attention for...Martinelli fugitives! This means... Panama's news media publication of red alert for the fugitives was suppressed by the state! Red alert are factual truths when looking for these fugitives and many more and yet... very little to non existent publications. Red alert means dangerous criminals on the loose and yet...the public does not read about it??? Panama reputation? What reputation...reputation is corruption at all levels of Panama's government. So, Why suppress the...red alert publication? These are high profile, elite, underground operators for their father's political dictatorship motivations! In addition...free passports issued because...ALL PANAMANIANS receive it? So, ALL PANAMANIANS ARE CLASSIFIED AS EQUALS IN A LOVELY DEMOCRACY! (try again). Suppression...suppression...corruption...corruption...Martinelli's and free passport and suppressed publication of [RED ALERT]...JUST FREE PASSPORTS FOR EVERYTHING UNDERGROUND! United States and Guatemala task force operation is now in the process of extradition and NO... FREE PASSPORT and you know what? These Martinelli fugitives passports in the U.S. expired? Passports... I guess they got...LAZY! These Martinelli fugives did not get sworn in to the Guatemala's Parlacen as deputies. I guess they got...LAZY! Panama had ample opportunities to mete out justice on the Martinelli fugitives. I guess Panama just got...LAZY!!! PANAMA IS CORRUPT...CORRUPT...CORRUPT!

4 months ago
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George Klk

Panama | There Was Once A Martinelli Brother On Bail...Skipped Town. Martinelli brother was a flight risk...skipped town. Martinelli brother only hope...return to Panama to...skip town. Martinelli close circle means...impunity and a free pass...skip town. Martinelli bail to return to Panama with his family...underground business. Panama justice is as limp as a noodle in a Chinese restaurant with social distances. United States / Guatemala police performed high tasked force duties legally and astutely. Panama can't even put out a...[RED ALERT]!!! Panama current president...what red alert? Panama president Cortizo...sees nothing...knows nothing. Cortizo...not one word about the...Martinelli and his mafia underground strike force. Well...former president Martinelli needs more power...~~~((!free hams....free hams....delicious!))~~~ Yes, Panama president Cortizo...we always knew you keep your promises of cleaning up corruption!

4 months ago
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casual observer

Captain.....as you well know (or should), anybody can post under whatever name they want. snake is up to his tricks that he accuses others of.

4 months ago
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George Klk

Panama| The New Era...Panama Corruption Seriously Investigated! The Crucial Latin Neglected Facts: Panama investigation by the United States is like a... Kung Fu martial artist fighting against all the nasty underground world of...~~~((!!!GANGS!!!))~~~. - Former Panama presidents...Corrupt National Assembly...Complicit corrupt lawyers... Guatemala Parlacen - Mexico underground drug operations / Martinelli Sons (Dynasty)... wide spread fire raging money laundering from central Latin banking institutions... ~~~((!!!PANAMA!!!)))~~~and the Chinese Connections...its ALL Kunf Fu!!! American Gringos know all the subtleties of the criminal minds and their greedy grab for... power...money...bragging and shouting, you know...political persecution, etc. Panama legal courts are as limp as a noodle in a Chinese restaurant with social distances. Panama corruption is just beginning with their underground operation and I...I pointed this out in many of my recent previous articles and statements. I...I pointed out Martinelli operation beginning to take off with the release of prison inmates and his Israeli Pegasus spy equipment and connections with Guatemala's Parlacen. I...I pointed out the obvious...[PREDICTIONS]...over and over again to the masses with Panama news media, specifically...NEWSROOM PANAMA AND PUBLISHED IN FACEBOOK!!! I have the bragging rights as one who has...FINALLY...been able to see the actionable results!!!! Now...for the United StatesOUS UNDERGROUND CONNECTIONS...[ALL PREDICTED!!!] in action, yes the 'gringos' with their legal action skills! Yes, crimes will continue but if and war of nations break out...the WORLD WILL KNOW THE... PANAMA...CHINA...MARTINELLI OBVIOUS CONNECTIONS...[ALL PREDICTED!!!].

4 months ago
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Captain

Welcome back..it’s been a long time. Never read what you write as it’s impossible to decipher but it makes a change from the terrible crude postings here.

4 months ago
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casual observer

Give it a rest snake. You're homophobic tendencies indicate you may be in the closet buddy.

4 months ago
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Captain

Why do you say Snake when it was you that posted. Methinks we have another Russian here together with JbB ?

4 months ago
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casual observer

Those Martinelli boys look nice. Make me want to go to jail too😛

4 months ago
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Chele

Ha Ha.....too funny....are all of you just rookies to Latin America? naive or just stupid??? The rich in this world NEVER go to jail for stealing money, dealing drugs or political corruption!!! Oh you may have the Gringos put them in jail for a while, but that means nothing. Then every time there is a new President the investigations start on the prior administration......what a complete joke!!! The outsiders just don't get it and rant and rave about the JUSTICE that is coming.....BS.....all of the criminals belong to the same team and wait their turn to steal....IT WILL NEVER CHANGE.....it's called DNA.....get over it you pinheads...

4 months ago
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George Klk

Panama | Martinelli Sons...Good Wall Paper Trophy!!! Holy Martinelli...the U.S. has the goods! First China's daughter of the founder of Huawei to be extradited to the U.S. from Canada. Now...HOLY JEEZUS...THE MARTINELLI SONS!!! The U.S. has the...GOODS!!!

4 months ago
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George Klk

Panama | A Dream Come True...It's Exciting, (here's why.) 1. Former president Ricardo Martinelli jaws must have hit the basement of his home. 2. Ricardo Martinelli now will become more criminally linked in his family crime operations with the United States brand of by the book...legal domestic and international justice!!! 3. Guatemala police is now involved in the Martinelli's sons arrests and investigation...international. 4. Guatemala and the U.S. can now count the $$$ paper trail to all corrupt international activities. 5. Guatemala Parlacen will now be involved in their free ticket operations for criminals activities. 6. Guatemala Parlacen will now be exposed with their money laundering business front men. 7. Guatemala Parlacen will in the future possibly face sanctions from the United States. 8. Panama may face in the future possibly face sanctions from the United States due to... former president Ricardo Martinelli continual power grab for political motivations and dictatorship. 9. Ricardo Martinelli will finally...FINALLY...be incriminated by his own...SONS!!! 10. Ricardo Martinelli spy equipment was used against him with Israel informants for the U.S. Conclusion: Criminals like former president Ricardo Martinelli are as hard headed as a stupid stubborn mule!!!

4 months ago
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InTheKnowing

You are so right... these “bashers” are consistent as many others for being pansies who forgot their backbone when it counts. Big with the mouth with no substance that really matters, or ability to follow through and castigate these arrestees.

4 months ago
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Oh ya

I find it funny that jb and other panama bashers are nowhere to be found on stories about the ex president. Must be hiding under their beds scared to voice their usual thoughts

4 months ago
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Oh ya

I find it funny that jb and other panama bashers are nowhere to be found on stories about the ex president. Must be hiding under their beds scared to voice their usual thoughts

4 months ago
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