JUDICIAL AFFAIRS

Mario Martinelli granted bail

He faces charges related to irregularities in the PAN.

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At 5 p.m. Friday, in the midst of the crisis shaking the judiciary, Mario Martinelli was granted $2 million that resulted in him being released from house arrest.

The decision was made by 15th Criminal Court Judge Leslie Loaiza, who the same day forwarded a letter to Police Director Omar Pinzón informing him of the decision.

Martinelli, along with 18 others, is being investigated for irregularities in the purchase of school backpacks by the National Assistance Program (PAN) during the government of his brother, Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014).

Prosecutor Vielka Broce summoned Martinelli for questioning in July 2015, but he presented a medical certificate that required he be interviewed in his residence for short periods of time. That resulted in the order of house arrest against him.

Broce finished her investigation in October. She alleged that Martinelli was linked Hialing Corporation, which was given numerous contract by the PAN. The legal representative of that company, Pablo Ruiz Obregón, is also charged in the case.

Martinelli asked for bail in November. Prosecutors countered that the amount posted by the defendant should be $18 million.

That petition led to the decision last week to release Martinelli on the $2 million bond. He is also being investigated for the sale of grains to the PAN. In that matter, he has been ordered not to leave the country.

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