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Panama given information about Lavitola's criminal sentences

The cases also allegedly involve former President Ricardo Martinelli.

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The Panama embassy in Italy has received information from the Foreign Ministry about two sentences imposed upon businessman Valter Lavítola for criminal acts that took place - according to the decisions from the Court of Naples - with the aid of former President Ricardo Martinelli.

Naples Prosecutor David Diaz confirmed that Martinelli has been linked to the case in the decisions issued by the court.

"The information we received directly mentions former President Ricardo Martinelli, and for this reason the information was forwarded to the [General Secretary] of the Supreme Court of Panama," he explained.

Martinelli can only be tried by the Supreme Court as a member of the Central American Parliament. 

Panama Ambassador to Italy Fernando Berguido sent a note along with the texts of the sentences involving Lavitola saying that it identified "the participation of Panamanians who were occupying public office at the time of the crime."

Berguido said that: "According to the judges, threats came from former President Ricardo Martinelli and were transmitted to Valter Lavítola, who played the role of messenger."

He also said the court established that the passive part of the corruption, namely the party receiving the bribes, was the former president.

Lavitola still faces two outstanding corruption investigations regarding contracts between Italian companies and the government of Panama during the Martinelli administration. 

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