A three-member judicial panel in Panama has sentenced a suspended Supreme Court justice to five years in prison for unjustified enrichment in an unusual case of corruption that captured the Central American nation's attention.

The tribunal on Thursday approved an agreement in which former high court justice Alejandro Moncada Luna pleaded guilty to the charges. He was then 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.