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Assembly will not investigate claims made by Díaz

The decision was made by Credentials Committee Chairman Jorge Iván Arrocha.

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The Credentials Commission of the National Assembly decided Wednesday not to investigate statements made recently by Supreme Court Justice Harry Díaz.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Jose Ayu Prado requested the investigation over the comments made by Díaz that former President Ricardo Martinelli tried to interfere in the election of the court's administration.

Chairman Jorge Iván Arrocha said that the note sent by Ayú Prado was not a formal complaint, as required by law. In this sense, Arrocha said that they are waiting for a formal complaint to be made.

Arrocha made it clear that the Assembly is not empowered to call a hearing without following the appropriate procedures even though the case has attracted a great deal of media attention.

He urged Diaz to file a complaint so that the Credentials Committee could act on the matter.

Reaction to the decision came quickly.

Annette Planells, a representative of the Independent Movement, said she was disappointed, but added that the Assembly can still summon Díaz to testify before the legislature. 

"It appears that they are evading responsibility, which increases the distrust of the citizens," she said.

Magaly Castillo, of the Alianza Ciudadana Pro Justicia, also condemned the decision.

"They are limited to say the complaint has failed, but they need to make changes to their policies," Castillo said.

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