For the first time in Panama, a three-member judicial panel sentenced a suspended Panamanian Supreme Court Justice Alejandro Moncada Luna to five years in prison for unjustified enrichment in an unusual case of corruption that captured this Central American nation's attention.
Not knowing under what terms it actually happened, the tribunal approved on Thursday an agreement in which former high court justice Alejandro Moncada Luna pleaded guilty to the charges. He was transferred to jail. Moncada Luna had been under house arrest during the judicial process.
In 2009, Moncada Luna was named to a 10-year-term as one of nine Supreme Court justices under the administration of then-President Ricardo Martinelli.The three-member panel suspended Moncada Luna as a justice in October and placed him under house arrest. It was the first case of a criminal conviction against a member of Panama's highest court, making it a historical event.