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Judge orders property returned to Mario Martinelli

Prosecutors had seized property belonging to the brother of the former president who is facing corruption charges.

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The 15th Criminal Court has ordered the return of property seized from businessman Mario Martinelli as part of the corruption investigation that the brother of the former president is involved in.

Martinelli is accused of gouging the government in the sale of grains to the National Aid program (PAN).

In resolution dated March 4, Prosecutor Tania Sterling ordered the seizure of property that Martinelli had in a safe in Banco Panamá in Costa del Este.

Martinelli kept jewelry and antique coins in the box.

His lawyer, Javier Quintero, petitioned the court to have the property returned.

Sterling had claimed the property was acquired as part of the proceeds from the illegal act, which made it eligible to be seized..

"The seizure of the assets aims to specifically clarify their origin as part of the investigation, which has not yet been completed," said Sterling.

However, Judge Leslie Loaiza agreed with the defense, saying the goods are not related to the investigation.

The decision can be appealed.

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