Former President Ricardo Martinelli, who has been investigated in Spain for his possible connection to the corruption program involving Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC), responded to a summons from Spain’s National Court on Friday to make an investigation statement reports La Prensa
However, once the videoconference had been assiduous, he refused to answer the prosecutor’s questionnaire and only answered what his lawyer had asked him.
At the magistrate’s request, he declared that he would use his right not to testify and would only answer questions put to him by his lawyer.
In this way, Martinelli refused to answer questions from the anti-corruption prosecutor of Spain, in charge of MarÃa Teresa Galvez. He also refrained from responding to the questionnaire prepared by the Baltasar GarzÃ³n International Foundation.
But the ex-president offered his supporters a very different version of events, La Prensa says.
âI declared voluntarily, giving up all my rights, in a process in which I have absolutely nothing to do. It was invented by a certain Mr. GarzÃ³n, for political reasons that I do not know, âhe said in a video he posted on his Twitter account.
The National Court ordered in April this year to investigate Martinelli, as part of the process the FCC is following for international corruption.
The judicial inquiries aim to uncover the payment of bribes to Panamanian officials by FCC executives, in exchange for public works contracts, and possible money laundering in Spain.
It is known that at least one property valued at more than 4 million euros and located in one of the most luxurious areas of Madrid, was acquired with funds, presumably from accounts in Switzerland and Andorra, fed by illicit funds. FCC received at least half of it. a dozen contracts between 2009 and 2014. According to the reports of two former executives of the construction company, it is known that officials of the Martinelli government demanded the payment of “commissions” for each of the works awarded, equivalent to 10% of the value of contracts.
According to this information, FCC participated, with Odebrecht, in the organization of the corrupt plot, at the stage of the illegal award of the work. FCC and Odebrecht were partners in certain works, such as line 1 of the Panama metro.
Payments, in both cases, were made through a plurality of public limited companies that ended up in bank accounts in Switzerland and Andorra, and in the purchase of assets and businesses through the world.