02/01/2013 - First Vice President of the National Assembly Abraham Martínez said today that there is no evidence linking President Ricardo Martinelli to the Financial Pacific case, and therefore it won't be investigated by the Assembly.
He said that investigations by the Assembly are only done in extraordinary circumstances, and he does not think that this warrants such an investigation.
Meanwhile, Assembly Second Vice President Miguel Angel Fanovich said that letters published today by La Prensa do not indicate that Martinelli interferred in a judicial investigation.
The official said that the letters included suggestions rather than direct orders, that information uncovered in the investigation be kept secret so that it could not be used for political purposes.
He said the final decision was with the attorney general, as it is an independent body.
Opposition Legislator Juan Carlos Arosemena reiterated that the Financial Pacific case is very delicate. He remarked that the Panama financial system is successful due to its reputation.
"It will have an effect," he said.
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