09/11/2012 - A lawyer for Mariano Mena, who is charged with embezzlement of funds during his tenure with the General Confederation of Workers of Panama in 2006, says the charges are nothing more than "payback." Attorney Samuel Rivera said that Mena is being attacked for his role as leader of the Front for Democracy. He said that, in retaliation, the government has reopened a case that was closed in 2010. In that case, Mena was accused of billing the union $700 for work he allegedly did on Labor Day in 2006. "Suspiciously, the case has now been called to trial," the lawyer said. The government has also revived charges against several other union leaders.
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