Former official implicates Martinelli, Shamah and Martans


Former Superintendency of Securities official Ignacio Nacho Fábrega, who today pleaded guilty to supplying confidential information to the brokerage house Financial Pacific (FP), said that he acted on the instructions of former President Ricardo Martinelli and former Tourism Authority Director Salomón Shamah.

Fabrega told the court that he met with Martinelli and Shamah in the Presidency of the Republic.

"They told him to keep them informed and avoid new processes involving the firm," said Jair Urriola, a lawyer who represented the superintendency at the hearing where Fabrega pleaded guilty to the crime of corruption of civil servant.

According to Urriola, Fabrega said he did not know that his actions were illegal. He also said that "it was understood that Martinelli and Shamah  were shareholders of FP."

The defendant also said that former Superintendent Juan Manuel Martans was aware of the situation. Martans said Fabrega's allegations are "revenge" for denouncing him to the public prosecutor.

Fabrega's appearance came as a surprise during the hearing to discuss Financial Pacific, currently in liquidation. He was assisted by his lawyers Mónica González and Hilda Bonilla.

He faces a penalty of four to eight years in prison, which could be reduced by a judge.

Third Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Zuleyka Moore has asked for the maximum penalty to be applied, describing Fábrega as a "dangerous person" who never showed interest in cooperating with the investigation and who avoided numerous requests to be questioned. he had been a fugitive since March prior to his appearance today.



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