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Beflon says she will comment after ratification

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critics want to change the judicial system, they should focus on the laws that have existed for 40 years and are now outdated.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


Aaron Guvilla
Hace 2 aos

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...

Tanai7
Hace 2 aos

"capacidad" de hacer ciegamente lo que les ordene el sabueso de rmartinelli?! a eso llama ud "capacidad?" han sido designados para cubrirle otra faceta de su corrupto y asesino cuerpo! tiene ya: al legislativo, el judicial, la policia nacional, el senafront, asegura ahora la corte suprema y la procuraduria! a ver, dos errores no suman un bien! el que otros lo hayan hecho mal en el pasado, no justifica que ese capo corrupto haga peor! hipocrita Mafioso que traiciono al pueblo! asco!

Victoriano
Hace 2 aos

o sea, esa porquería norieguista da por un hecho que la porqueriza nacional de diputados la va a ratificar sin preguntarle nada acerca de su oscuro, bien oscuro pasado (y presente también).

pedropueblo
Hace 2 aos

Ella va hablar después que se ratificada para decir a quienes va perseguir al mismo estilo que lo hizo en el noriegato. Este gobierno ya debe tener el lema "ni un paso atras".

Casas Viejas
Hace 2 aos

este es el gobierno de los enajenados mentales, degenerados sexuales, y cleptomanos.

Casas Viejas
Hace 2 aos

las primeras víctimas de la belfon y ayú prado serán este periódico y su presidente vitalicio. van contra las dos columnas de la democracia en panamá.

Octopus
Hace 2 aos

La editora del periódico de los milicos, mayín. Y que hace ana matilde opinando de administración de justicia cuando ella tiene un caso de homicidio de un policía anti drogas con documentos falsificados y presentados por ela y sus fiscales en un expediente?

Macario
Hace 2 aos

Durante la crisis Esta zorra sinverguenza de mayin decia que noriega era el demonio y ahora se arrastra ante martinelli, el discipulo de noriega, por unas cuantas monedas. Que mujer tan perra y descarada es esta....

REYNALDO
Hace 2 aos

la verdad es que esta politica de martinelli es la mas puerca que se ha visto en la historia. fijense ahora, desacalificando a papaditri, que fue quien lo llevo a la presiencia. ahora mismo todos los voceros sapos, echandole caca al papadimitri, cuando antes era un poquito menos que el todopoderoso. la palabra respeto, no existe, lealtad, mucho menos.

Cholo del Alto Jaramillo
Hace 2 aos

habia una vez una camaleona que pelecho con sus compadres de la bota y que siempre encontró su acomodo a la política del momento, y ahora recomendó a una "compañera" del obscuro pasado con el emperatore máximo para ocupar un cargo de "yes-woman", con miras a protegerse en el futuro de la fechorias y metedera de mano de los actuales gobernantes.Tutti contenti
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