NO to Impunity in Panama

The union of Panamanian businessmen indicates that a great deal of uncertainty has been caused due to the handling of high-profile investigations and judicial processes such as that of Odebrecht.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

From a statement issued by the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP):

Last week our nation was shocked again by another Judicial Body ruling and statements by the Attorney General of the Nation related to the Odebrecht case, which once again created a lot of uncertainty about the handling of high profile investigations and processes. This accentuates the lack of credibility in our justice administrators.  In that sense, the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP) wants to make clear its position: "NO TO IMPUNITY. WE ARE NOT GOING TO TOLERATE IT."

This message of "no to impunity" is addressed to both the Judicial Branch and the Public Ministry. Both institutions must seek mechanisms so that justice be done within the legal framework and with respect to due process. The excuses have run out. 

The country needs these processes to be carried out diligently by all of the actors, so that the investigations can continue their course in an expeditious and efficient manner, as well as guarantee effective justice in reasonable timeframes.

Read full release (in Spanish).

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