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Exclusive: U.S. ties ex-Panamanian president to SAP software bribery scheme

WASHINGTON / Mexico City (Reuters) - A US federal judge identified the former President of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, as one of several alleged co...

 

Exclusive: U.S. ties ex-Panamanian president to SAP software bribery scheme

WASHINGTON / Mexico City (Reuters) – A US federal judge identified the former President of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, as one of several alleged co-conspirators in a bribery scheme that helped SAP to sell millions of dollars in software Panama, According to a document reviewed by Reuters.

The reference to Martinelli as a co-conspirator, not previously reported, come as the former president faces unrelated charges of corruption and misconduct in Panama â ?? “allegations he is politically motivated.

Martinelliâ ???? name come to light in the US bribery case against Vicente Garcia, a former executive SAP, the German software company. Garcia, 65, was in the prison sentenced to 22 months on Dec. after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to Panamanian officials bribes to secure contracts for SAP software. 16 by a US District Court in the Northern District of California.

Judge Charles R. Breyerâ ???? order on sentencing, he has instructed to avoid contact with Garcia ???? any co-conspirator in this case, a call ???? Martinelli and six others, as a condition of his supervised release future . It is in the public order released on December 22 before sealing by the next day.

Martinelli is not charged any offense in Garciaâ ???? s event. “A US attorney for Martinelli said the former president never met Garcia.

An SAP spokesman said the company laid off Garcia in April 2014 and is together in the ongoing investigations. The spokesman pointed out that the US Securities and Exchange Commission, which circumvent a parallel study done Garcia said “internal controlsâ SAP’s ???? to fund the bribe payments.

A US Justice Department spokesman said the SAP Research is ongoing and declined further comment.

SAP is not charged.

People familiar with the matter confirmed or Martinelli received bribe payments in the settlement of the already Justice departmenta ???? examined s.

TARGETED had three officers

Garcia permitted through bribes paid to work for a software contract technology Panamaâ ???? s office social To ensure security.

The scheme, which from 2009 to 2013, has a SAP reseller a $ 14.5 million contract. SAP itself received around $ 2.1 million in software sales thanks to bribes, according to court records.

A lawyer for Martinelli in Panama, Rogelio Cruz, said there was no evidence in the cases against the former President of Panama, who rule the country from 2009- 2014. â ???? I have no doubt that thereâ ???? SA political ingredient in all of these, â ???? he said.

Cruz said he was not with the Martinelli judgeâ ???? order referring to Martinelli and discuss a co-conspirator.

A lawyer for Martinelli, based in the US who has asked to remain anonymous, said the former president “has no knowledge of [Garcia.] He has never met him. He has never been with him talk, and does not ‘t know anything about the contract or not Garcia’s role. “

A contract of this nature, added the lawyer would not reach the president desktop. Martinelli moved to Miami several months ago, and no US law enforcement authorities have the former president approached about the issue, said the lawyer.

Lawyers for Garcia, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

In the court records, the government has said Garcia and his unidentified companions targeted three unnamed Panamanian officials with bribes payments through false invoices and seems consulting contracts in an attempt to win the deal.

The government designated as one of the officials as â ???? Official Ca ???? and said he was a very senior â ???? “official who had a substantial impact on ???? granting the Panamanian government contracts.â ???? Garcia tries that official influence through bribe payments to a â ?? ?? together,” in the government court documents.

In a December 10 memorandum asking the judge for claiming a mild sense Garcia Martinelli was the senior official. The family was Martinelliâ ???? brother-in-law, Aaron â ???? Ronia ???? Mizrachi paid a â ???? commission, â ???? Garcia claimed.

Garcia said he was unsure whether the payments by Mizrachi eventually reaches Martinelli. Garcia “Mizrachi regarded as a gatekeeper who have family ties with President Martinelli is using to get bribes for themselves,” he said. That record, originally released by the Federal Court website, it is later removed from the public eye.

Mizrachi, a few months ago Panama, Cruz said. Reuters Mizrachi could not be reached for comment.

Martinelliâ ???? name surfaced in the case as separate corruption allegations against him to pursue every mountain in Panama. The once-popular president, billions of dollars spent on a public works program is now facing six investigations over allegations closing insider trading, abuse of public funds and accepting bribes in unrelated matters.

Earlier this month, Panamaâ ???? s Supreme Court his detention necessary in a case where he allegedly used public money to spy on more than 150 people illegally. He has not yet been formally charged.

A wealthy businessman before office in 2009, Martinelli now lives in a lavish building in Miami often in Hollywood films and television productions, according to public records and media reports.

(Reporting by Joel Schectman and Christine Murray; Additional reporting by Elida Moreno in Panama City, Editing by Soyoung Kim and Martin Howell)

S. Korea software mogul quits main opposition party

 

Ahn Cheol-Soo, accusing the announcement of his departure from the New Political Alliance for Democracy (NPAD), said it was “no hope” of beating the ruling conservatives in its April parliamentary vote and other NPAD leaders of incompetence.

Ahn, founder of Seoul’s top computer anti-virus maker, rose to political star as a moderate independent candidate in the presidential election because of his popularity among young voters.

He fell out of the race to support the main opposition candidate Moon Jae-in, losing after the conservative Park Geun-hye.

Ahn later a parliamentary seat as an independent Liberal won before forging an alliance with Moon’s party to try to unite the voice opposition.

But the alliance faltered in recent months as Ahn accuses other opposition leaders including Moon complacency and resistance to reforms needed to win the 2016 general election.

“The current main opposition party is no hope for our people … we have no hope for a change of government, including the general election, if we proceed this way,” he told a news conference.

“I have concluded that achieving a change and reform is impossible in this party,” he said, without expanding on whether he will make his own party.

Several other members NPAD Sunday promise to follow Ahn’s example.

The ruling conservative Saenuri Party currently holds 53.4 percent of the seats in parliament, followed by 43.2 percent for the main opposition party.

The NPAD have delayed for years, the conservative ruling party in kiesersteun.

President Park enjoys a lot of support from older voters despite criticism that her administration to turn back to the authoritarian ways of her deceased father, strongman Park Chung-hee.

Software co. Intertrust accuses Apple of infringing patents

 

Software co. Intertrust accuses Apple of infringing patents

Intertrust Technologies Corp., a software company owned by a group that Sony Corp. and Royal Philips Electronics said Wednesday that it filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc. filed for violating 15 patents related to safety.

The case relates to devices like the iPhone and iPad, computers and laptops, Mac and Apple TV services, including iTunes, iCloud and the Apple App Store, Intertrust said in a statement that no monetary value connection with the prosecution gave.

Silicon Valley Intertrust develops and licenses digital rights management (DRM) software, which is used to protect the content rights management for companies that distribute music, movies and other digital content.

The company is a large high-tech companies, Microsoft Corp. and Samsung Electronics for Nokia and HTC among its licensees. On his website, he says he was a joint venture by Sony and Philips Stephens Inc. in 2003.

“Apple has many products that Intertrust` s inventions “, Talal Shamoon, Intertrust Director` s CEO, said in a statement. “We regret that we are forced to ask Court to help solve this problem.”

Apple declined to comment.