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Former Panama president's sons sentenced to US prison for laundering Odebrecht bribes

By Samuel Rubenfeld
  • 21 May 2022 00:11
  • 21 May 2022 00:34
Two sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli were each sentenced in US federal court to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine for acting as intermediaries in a massive bribery scheme involving the Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht.

Luis Martinelli Linares and Ricardo Martinelli Linares both pleaded guilty in December 2021 to

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Samuel Rubenfeld


Samuel Rubenfeld is a reporter covering cases of bribery and corruption and some international trade issues. Prior to joining MLex, he was editor of the Kharon Brief, a news and data analysis platform focused on global security issues, including sanctions and export controls. Earlier in his career, Rubenfeld spent about a decade at The Wall Street Journal, including nearly nine years as a reporter covering corporate risk and compliance concerns such as bribery, money laundering, sanctions, terrorist financing and whistleblowers.

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