|CSJ Magistrate Judge Harry Diaz|
According to published reports, there may be as many as four separate money laundering cases now filed against Panama City office practitioners, Jurgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca Mora. Both lawyers, accused for running a massive tax evasion, corruption laundering, and money laundering operation, in the Brazilian scandal known as the "car wash" case, have been detained, to prevent them from fleeing the jurisdiction, or further engaging in criminal activities.
Now, at the Supreme Court of Justice, Magistrate Judge Harry Diaz González de Mendoza, has lodged a formal objection to the consolidation of the pending cases, to another magistrate. Diaz has beena ssigned one of the Mossack cases. His motives are unclear, since judicial economy is to be observed whereafter possible in complex litigation. Diaz was closely linked to the fugitive former president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, and also visited the offices of a Waked-controlled company, when it was about to be sanctioned by OFAC, and he may have designs on delaying the prosecution of the Mossack partners, to deny the swift imposition of justice, on the orders of corrupt Panamanian officials, present of former.
Unfortunately, there are not real procedures in place to discipline Supreme Court judges, so his sins and transgressions have been roundly ignored by the court, but Martinelli's undue influence could be the reason for Diaz' efforts to keep one of the Mossack and Fonseca cases.