Officials in the Republic of Panama have transmitted the names of some of their fugitives to INTERPOL, the International Criminal Police organization, which will alert its members. A large number of former government officials, some at the highest level, and their close associates, have fled Panama, to thwart their arrest, on corruption and insider trading charges.
This action demonstrates that Panama is intent upon prosecution of those of its senior former officials, and Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs), who are also implicated in Panama's massive official corruption scandal, as well as the Financial Pacific/Petaquilla Mine insider trading case.
The biggest question is whether the country's former president, Ricardo Martinelli, will ultimately be apprehended and tried for his participation in several corruption schemes and operations. Martinelli's lawyers have sought to deter his prosecution, citing a number of grounds, which are all reportedly legally insufficient, and deployed purely for dilatory purposes, but the public is clamoring for justice. Will he eventually see the inside of one of Panama's notorious prisons ? We cannot say, but the list of Panamanians who want to see him there, after learning of the obscene amount of corruption and greed he indulged in, grows daily.