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critics want to change the judicial system, they should focus on the laws that have existed for 40 years and are now outdated.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


Juan Díaz
Hace 2 aos

ese ridículo comentario de mayín correa sobre ano belfon huele a tortilla quemaaa, bien quemaaaaa . . . .

Aaron Guvilla
Hace 2 aos

La gobernadora solo defiende méritos de experiencia y capacidad de actuar que tiene esta señora, que grandes méritos han tenido estos políticos de lo mismo que han colocado en los puestos se justicia y seguridad, a gente a su antojo sin tomar en cuenta los intereses del pueblo... Han defendido al pueblo panameño? Tenemos un presidente que ha hecho mas por este país que cualquier otro, solo abren la boca para atrasar...

Juan Díaz
Hace 2 aos

sí, grandes, grandísimos méritos y experiencia que tiene ano belfon, correteando a civilistas y metiéndolos presos en los calabozos de la cárcel modelo, siempre bajo órdenes de noriega y su estado mayor ! ! ! !

gabrielacastrellon
Hace 2 aos

Y otro pato es Juan Carlos Navarro. Porque creen que le dicen bin bin. Por pájaro.

Belgica34
Hace 2 aos

Lo importante de todo esto que esta señora hará su trabajo muy bien y sobre su pasado es eso pasado todos tenemos derecho a una oportunidad,si el presidente confía en ella en este cargo es porque es acta.

Tanai7
Hace 2 aos

se dice apta, no "acta!" y la tia es "acta" para que? para que sobre ella (como "acta") escriba el Mafioso-demente todos sus atropellos contra la institucionalidad y la voluntad del pueblo, mismo al que asesina, oprime y hace menos a voluntad? deje la lamboneria o es que acaso es ud. uno de ellos intentando "convencer" tras un asqueroso 'nick?" comprese 1 oz de verguenza en la botica mas cercana!

Juan Díaz
Hace 2 aos

eres de esos chupamedias hiperlambones que si mentirelli te manda a tirarte del puente de las américas, lo haces ciegamente sin preguntar por qué ! ! ! !

gabrielacastrellon
Hace 2 aos

La Belfron casi nadie en este foro ( apuesto lo que sea ) que conoció a esta señora en la época de la dictadura. Es un nombre nuevo para casi todos nosotros y lo que sabemos de ella es lo que dicen los medios. Tengan criterio y saquen sus propias conclusiones

Victoriano
Hace 2 aos

habla por tí misma y por tu conveniente ignorancia, porque la norieguista ana belfon, una pelele de noriega, tiene un muy oscuro pasado de cómplice en las arbitrariedades y abusos durante la asesina dictadura militar.

gabrielacastrellon
Hace 2 aos

por gente como tu es que panamá no avanza. dan lastima..solo saben decir estupideces .. que porquería de gente son . hablando de cosas que ni entienden ni pueden sustentar. sigue creyendo en cuento de chorlito
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