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Diaz questioned over visit to Waked offices

He was seen leaving the offices on the same day the family was accused of money laundering.

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Questions are being raised as to why Supreme Court Justice Harry Diaz was at the offices of the Wisa Group on the same day that the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced it had placed the company on its Clinton List for laundering money for drug traffickers.

Diaz has said he was at the offices to discuss articles about judicial procurement that had appeared in La Estrella, which is owned by the Waked family, which also owns Wisa Group. He said he was meeting with a company official as part of an investigation he had started due to those articles.

Administration Prosecutor Rigoberto González said that this explanation needs to be clarified.

"If indeed what he is saying is true, the first thing we need to know is if the plenum of the Supreme Court commissioned him for that," he said.

A similar opinion was offered by former Chief Justice Anibal Salas, who said that "we should analyze whether the judge was entitled" to take that action.

If not, he said "it's an issue that the judges have to analyze."

Friday, amidst the questions of his visit to the Waked offices, Diaz filed a complaint against the administrative secretariat of the court, Vielsa Ríos, whom he accused of "serious violations of the Judicial Career Act." It appears that complaint was filed in relation to the articles that had appeared in La Estrella.

Former Supreme Court Justice Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño stressed that complaint from the judge is serious, but also noted that the context in which it was filed "was irregular."

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