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Mena fue uno de los primeros en anunciar que Martinelli designaría a Ayú Prado como magistrado.

19/12/2012 - Ana Belfon, designated Wednesday by the Cabinet Council as the new attorney general, declined to comment today about attacks on the nomination by the opposition.

"I want to respect the process that is going to be in the Assembly," said Belfon, until recently a legal advisor to the Presidency.

"After my ratification, I will talk," she said.

Panama Governor Mayin Correa defended the appointment of Belfon, who was a prosecutor under dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega.

"She has made a career in the judiciary," the governor stated. "She started from the bottom and has always applied the law."

She argued that Belfon is a brilliant lawyer and said that they worked together in the Panama City Mayor's Office.

She said that if critics want to change the judicial system, they should focus on the laws that have existed for 40 years and are now outdated.

"She is dedicated to the law," Correa said of Belfon.

NAVARRO CASTIGATES THE GOVERNMENT

Opposition leader Juan Carlos Navarro described the appointment of Belfon and José Ayú Prado as a new judge of the Supreme Court as serious errors.

"The government insists on making political appointments in the judiciary, which further weakens our already ailing justice and puts at risk the country's democratic stability," said the politician.

Navarro's party, the PRD, plans to oppose the appointments in the National Assembly.

UNION OPPOSITION

Front for Democracy leader Mariano Mena said the nomination by President Ricardo Martinelli of Attorney General José Ayú Prado as a judge of the Supreme Court is a case of the president "watching his back."

Mena said that Ayú Prado will be the judge hearing any criminal complaints filed against government officials after the 2014 elections. Mena said that Ayú Prado is sure to continue his lack of prosecution of allegations of corruption by the current government, which he has done as attorney general.

NATIONAL SHAME

Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) leader Balbina Herrera today described the appointments of José Ayú Prado and Ana Belfon as Supreme Court justice and attorney general, respectively, as a "national shame,"

She said that the appointments will ensure that acts of corruption by the government will go unpunished. Herrera said Belfon has been characterized by her defense of President Ricardo Martinelli, and has now been rewarded with the appointment.

Herrera asked: "Where is the separation of power, independence?"

She said people can now either demonstrate publicly or remain silent, and vowed to keep fighting against the government.

DIRECT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GOVERNMENT

PRD Legislator Juan Carlos Arosemena said that there is a general perception that these two people are completely tied to the government and receive orders from Martinelli. He said 2013 will be "very ugly."

"It will be a year full of insults, violence and political persecution," he added.

He said the appointments demonstrate a "lack of seriousness" by the government for the judicial system.

Aníbal Culiolis, vice president of the Partido Popular, said that he fears the "politicization" of the justice system which will be used to silence voices of the opposition, unions and civil society in general.

NO SURPRISES

Former Attorney General Ana Matilde Gómez said the appointments are not a surprise.

She said that the appointments should have been made on an ability to act independently and fairly, and that the process should have been transparent.

Professor Miguel Antonio Bernal predicted bitter moments for Panamanians, and said the National Assembly has been reduced to a "rubber stamp" for the will of the president.

"The Assembly has ceased to be an independent body," he said. "These appointments are approved at light speed."


Alí Babá y los 40 CDs
Hace 1 ao

las dictaduras fascistoides como la del capo mentirelli dependen de anormales, de "freaks", de gente mediocre como el morón de ayú prado y la bruja de belfon, ambos de carrera cuestionable, ambos sumisos y serviles a los dictadores de turno !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

carmen
Hace 1 ao

nadie duda que haya hecho carrera en el MP pero ella nunca va a ser independiente del presidente ya que igual que la contralora son subalternas de el en su vida de empresario,, que descaro de esa señora decir que hablrá despues, si tuviera verguenza con todos los que sufrimos la dictadura ella no hubiera aceptado, basura igual que todo lo que nombra el martinelli... que asco siento haberle dado el voto. pero tenemos consuelo de que el mal se paga sino preguntele a chavez

Genio
Hace 1 ao

La verdad q la oposición si habla paja

Kunta Kinte
Hace 1 ao

Que increible que nombraran a esta dupla de esbirros de Martinelli, cero independencia, dos barrenderos mas del 99. Se escuchaban los rumores de hace rato pero no pense que Martinelli seria tan imbecil de nombrarlos a los dos. Ojala el proximo gobierno saque a todas estas basuras nombradas por Martinelli de la corte y la procuradoria. Con tanto chanchullo no debe ser muy dificil encontrar razones para sembrarles una patada en el trasero.

Kasuko
Hace 1 ao

Todos los gobernantes nombran sus fichas politicamente, cual es la sorpresa ahora? cuando es malo en oposicion, es bueno en gobierno. Tienen que cambiar las leyes para que esto no suceda.

Alí Babá y los 40 CDs
Hace 1 ao

eso mismo dícelo en la cara al dictador fascistoide del capo mentirelli, que en su campaña electorera y politiquera juró hasta por el más ladrón de sus hijos, lo que está difícil saber, que su gobierno iba a ser uno de " c - a - m - b - i - o " !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oscar
Hace 1 ao

Mayín is a bitch!

Victoriano
Hace 1 ao

las expresiones de mayín correa son una vergüenza nacional, ni que comiera tortilla todos los días !

Aaron Guvilla
Hace 1 ao

Hablar de oscuros pasados les queda muy grande a PRD Y demas cuando sus filas estan plagadas de este tipo de personajes... Señores seamos coherentes, veamos las capacidades y experiencias de estas personas...

Victoriano
Hace 1 ao

la mayoría de esos prd saltaron al cd ! .. joseph mengele, el "ángel exterminador" del campo de concentración nazi de auschwitz, era tremendo médico, y no por eso dejó de ser un asesino sin piedad para ninguna de sus numerosas víctimas . ana belfon marcó su vida para siempre al convertirse en instrumento de la asesina dictadura militar norieguista.
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