Judge Raymond J. Diary announced the sentence, which was less than the 9 to 11 years requested by prosecutors, who accused him of receiving $28 million in bribes from a Brazilian multinational, 19 million of which were routed through US accounts. were passed by.
Prosecutors were seeking prison sentences of nine to 11 years for their father’s namesake Ricardo Martinelli, 43, and Luis Martinelli, 40., For its part, the brothers’ defense assumed that both had already served their sentences during their custody in Guatemala and New York.
The case stems from Odebrecht’s 2016 guilty plea on bribery and money laundering charges related to paying more than $700 million in bribes to Latin American officials to win contracts.
he cheated on his father
Both have been charged by the New York Eastern District Attorney’s office since 2020 of taking bribes “for the benefit of a high-ranking official in Panama” who is, moreover, their “close relative”.
And, according to the Panamanian newspaper La Prensa, that close person is his own father, former President Ricardo Martinelli Barrocal. As displayed in the reading of the sentence. The defense and prosecution of both the accused brothers confirmed during the hearing this Friday that the former president benefited from the bribe.
Similarly, it is noted that the defendants referred to the brothers as “two frightened children” who obeyed their father’s orders.
With information from AFP and Reuters.