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Investments of Martinelli family probed

The investments are in Spain, and have been seized by authorities of that country.

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An apartment has been seized in Spain. An apartment has been seized in Spain.
An apartment has been seized in Spain.

Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares fit in well with his neighbors on Calle Ruiz de Alarcón in Madrid, who were mainly wealthy Spanish families or foreign investors looking to live in the city center, surrounded by the exuberance of the Retiro Park, near the Cibeles Fountain

But prosecutors say that the son of the former president was different from his neighbors in one respect, namely he had purchased his apartment worth $3 million with ill-begotten funds. 

Rolando Rodríguez Cedeño, secretary general of the Attorney General's Office, said the apartment cost $2 million and improvements were made to it raising its value to $3 million. That apartment, along with a bank account with an undisclosed amount of money, has been seized as part of the investigation into bribes paid by the construction company Odebrecht to state officials.

The seizure is the latest in a series of actions against the family of former President Ricardo Martinelli. 

On March 31, in Mexico, a helicopter was apprehended belonging to the company Silver Wing Corp., which is linked to Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares. In that operation, authorities from El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico collaborated. 

Swiss authorities seized $22 million in accounts belonging to the Martinelli Linares brothers, suspecting that these funds also came from Odebrecht. That seizure was the result of collaboration with authorities in Spain. 

Martinelli family attorney Evelyn Vargas Reynaga, who is one of the 17 people charged in the case, discussed the purchase of the apartment when she was questioned in the case. She said she had to sign documents in the Spanish embassy to clear the way for its purchase, and that she acted on their behalf.

The brothers remain at large, while their father has also fled from Panama, choosing to live in the United States despite facing a number of criminal cases in Panama.

Interpol has been petitioned to issue an alert for the arrest of the brothers.

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