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Tuesday, March 26 2019 @ 10:50 PM UTC

Rafael Arosemena Turns Himself In

Law & Lawyers The former manager of Panama's Banco Nacional, Rafael Arosemena, turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday after 17 years on the run. Arosemena was sentenced in eight different lawsuits for being involved in the theft of more than $41 million dollars from the Banco Nacional during the Noriega years. Today on the news his lawyers presented arguments that Arosemena suffers from heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol and his lawyers are setting him up for some kind of an early release or a pardon. (Editor's Comment: In the Panamanian justice system if you are sentenced to five years in prison and then the authorities are unable to capture you and put you in jail, then after ten years or whatever twice the sentence is, you're basically free to go. Also, you can have ten convictions for ten years each, and you will do a total of ten years. I understand that the time limit ran out on all of Arosemena's cases which is why he came back and turned himself in. He will probably walk.)
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