After the five-year sentence handed down to Supreme Court Justice Alejandro Moncada Luna, political observers now expect the National Assembly's Credentials Committee to process some of the 20 other pending complaints against other members of the country's highest court.
Chief Justice José Ayú Prado, who was appointed by former President Ricardo Martinelli in 2012, is facing a number of complaints.
Ayu Prado was denounced in 2013 by Deputy Zulay Rodríguez, who said that, while he was attorney general, he pressured Mayté Pellegrini to recant a statement linking Martinelli to the Financial Pacific case. She said that he offered Pellegrini her freedom if she retracted the statement. Rodríguez was part of the tribunal that adjudicated the Moncada Luna case.
He also faces a criminal complaint for abuse of authority and exceeding the functions of a public servant filed by Rosendo Rivera. That complaint is related to the case involving César Segura, who was forced to give up a piece of property in Punta Paitilla, allegedly due to pressure applied by Ayú Prado while he was the attorney general.
He has other two other pendings complaints for abuse of authority and excess of functions, both filed by David Sitton Burgos on behalf of the Adolescent Criminal Judge of Colón and Guna Yala Juan Domingo Ibarra.
Both complaints request that Ayú Prado be separated from his post and investigated.
Complaints against Supreme Court judges are handled by the National Assembly. If the Credentials Committee votes to begin an investigation, it appoints a prosecutor and a three-judge tribunal to hear the matter. If the tribunal decides enough evidence exists, the full legislature votes on the guilt or innocence of the accused.
Moncada Luna reached a plea bargain in his case, pleading guilty to two of the four charges he was facing.