Guillermo Márquez: ‘Martinelli has been resorting to electoral processes so that the electoral jurisdiction does not run out’


“The jurisdiction was not established to avoid appearing before the national authorities, it was established to protect the candidates when there are persecutions that have no merit,” he said.

Guillermo Márquez: 'Martinelli has been resorting to electoral processes so that the electoral jurisdiction does not run out'

Guillermo Márquez Amado, former magistrate of the Electoral Court. Photo: Radio Panama

“For me it is very clear that from the first moment that Ricardo Martinelli left the presidency of the Republic, that he has been insistently resorting to internal electoral processes of his party that he himself calls in his capacity as president, precisely so that the electoral jurisdiction does not it will never end,” said the former magistrate of the Electoral Court, Guillermo Márquez Amado, when referring to the electoral criminal jurisdiction that Martinelli has maintained for several weeks.

Márquez Amado explained that the law does not establish an electoral jurisdiction for Martinelli. “The law states that there is an electoral criminal jurisdiction for those people who are within internal electoral processes in their respective parties, provided that the investigation that is wanted to be carried out does not have merits of any nature so that this jurisdiction can be lifted,” he added. .

He affirmed that this jurisdiction can be lifted if there are merits for the investigation to be carried out and the merits are accredited in two ways: by demonstrating that the punishable act (crime) has occurred and the other is that there are elements that link a certain person with what that was committed; If these two principles exist, the jurisdiction must be lifted because the value that is to be protected is that of the security of society, so that there are no people who are committing crimes against it, even if they have some special condition that could deserve a jurisdiction.

“The jurisdiction was not established to avoid appearing before the national authorities, it was established to protect the candidates when there are persecutions that have no merit,” he said.



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