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Complaints against pardons issued by former president still unresolved

Ricardo Martinelli issued 353 pardons shortly before leaving office.

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About a year after former President Ricardo Martinelli awarded 353 pardons shortly before leaving office, the Supreme Court still has resolved the 75 complaints those pardons generated.

While current President Juan Carlos Varela overturned those pardons in 18 executive decrees issued in August, the Supreme Court will have the final say on their validity.

The issue has been assigned to Judge Harley Mitchell. In addition to the issue of the executive decrees, he also has to resolve some 75 complaints against the pardons that have come from lawyers, judges and the Attorney General's Office.

In addition to the pardons, Martinelli granted 276 requests for conditional freedom, which have not been opposed. He also reduced the penalties in 18 cases, which has generated four complaints. 

In 2010, Martinelli awarded 119 pardons by nine executive decrees. Of that total, 72 already have been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, since the beneficiaries were charged with non-political and common crimes.

Meanwhile, Judge Mitchell has not ruled on the other 47 pardons.

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