The Third Criminal Liquidator Court denied a request to change the precautionary measure of preventive detention imposed on Federico Barrios Alain, as part of the investigation that is being followed for the alleged commission of the crime of money laundering through the Blue Apple company .
The decision, signed by Judge Baloisa Marquínez, is contained in an edict posted in that office dated January 8.
The judge based the decision on articles 221 and 222 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which establishes that said precautionary measure will be applicable when there is evidence demonstrating the punishable act and the connection of the accused with these.
Furthermore, the articles cited by the judge specify that the detention will be maintained if it is proportional to the nature of the act and to the sanction that could be applied to the accused.
Barrios Alain, creator of the Blue Apple company, is the only one detained in this process for alleged money laundering as a result of the payment of bribes to obtain contracts for infrastructure works, whose funds were managed through said company.
The Third Liquidating Court set for April 19 and until May 28, 2021, the preliminary hearing in this case.
This diligence should have been carried out on November 11, 2020, but the lack of notification from some lawyers forced it to be reprogrammed.
In this case, the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office requested the summons to trial of 52 people –among former officials, businessmen and lawyers– for the alleged commission of the crimes of money laundering, illicit association and corruption.