Elias Jaua says the government paid businessmen dollars for the imports and the goods never arrived. So Panama isn’t owed 90 percent of the debt.
Jaua’s comments broadcast Sunday on the Televen television station on Sunday come after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro broke relations with Panama last week over its call for the Organization of American States to discuss a crackdown on protests in Venezuela. He also froze economic transactions.
Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli has said he hopes Venezuela’s break in relations would not affect payment of its debts to Panamanian businessmen. (AP)
Editor's Comment: What kind of an idiot would pay $1 billion dollars for something they never actually received. OK, I could see getting ripped off one time, on one order. But we're supposed to believe the government of Venezuela "paid businessmen dollars for the imports and the goods never arrived." That statement almost has to be a bald faced lie. There is of course the possibility that Hugo Chavez (dead commie) was laundering drug money through the Colon Free Trade Zone, and Maduro didn't know what was going on (or something like that). Whatever, who knows. It will be fun and interesting to learn the details, because someone is completely full of shit... In this case a billion dollars worth of shit.