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In Panama, corruption inquiries grow after president's tenure ends

In Panama, corruption inquiries grow after president's tenure ends

Sometimes it seems that to find your way around today's Panama City, you must look up. Like the canopy of a forest, about 300-odd skyscrapers have redefined the city's skyline. The relentless construction has helped fuel the highest growth rate in the Americas, year after year. But now that boom may result in a bust — several busts, in fact, of prominent Panamanian figures under criminal investigation, perhaps including former President Ricardo Martinelli. Corruption has long been seen as a way of life in little-regulated, intrigue-drenched Panama, the skinny canal-bisected country that links the two American continents. Yet the cases mounting in the aftermath of the...

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