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Panama Prosecutor Asks For Information About US Embassy Personnel

Drug Trafficking
Panama's Organized Crime Prosecutor José Ayú Prado
Panama's Organized Crime Prosecutor José Ayú Prado
By Grisel Bethancourt for La Critica - Panama's Organized Crime Prosecutor requested information through diplomatic channels about staff members working at the Consulate of the United States in Panama, as part of the investigation being conducted into a human trafficking network. This network was comprised of Panamanian government officials working in the Passport office, the Cedula office, the Direction of Judicial Investigation (DIJ), and the Panama Canal Authority. As part of the investigation they intend to look for more information on people who managed to leave the country using personal identity documents that were not theirs and that were provided by this same organization. Prosecutor José Ayú Prado said they are working to verify the existence of two Panamanians who left the country with other identity documents and who were later arrested as part of a case related to drug trafficking in the United States. Authorities have thus far identified eighteen people as being involved in this network, of those twelve have some kind of control measures distinct from pretrial detention, there are two others who have not yet been located, one of them is out of the country, and another has an arrest warrant pending. The prosecutor said he would repeat his request for information through the offices of Interpol in Havana, Bogotá, Washington and Santo Domingo, where they have already requested information. Investigations and inspections continue in the Directorate of Passports as well as in the offices where Cedulas are issued; and they will also conduct inspections in other offices. In statements made to investigators thus far, those implicated have identified the names of Panamanians who lent their identities to this organization.

Piden informe de personal del Consulado

Grisel Bethancourt | Crítica en Línea

Fiscal contra el crimen organizado, José Ayú Prado. (Foto: Agustín Herrera / EPASA )

La Fiscalía Contra el Crimen Organizado solicitó información a través de conductos diplomáticos sobre el personal que labora en el Consulado de los Estados Unidos en Panamá, en la investigación que se realiza a una red de tráfico humano.

Esa red está conformada por funcionarios de Pasaportes, Cedulación, DIJ y la Autoridad del Canal de Panamá.

En la investigación se practicarán otras pruebas sobre personas que lograron salir del país con documentos de identidad personal que no les correspondían y que fueron surtidos por la misma organización criminal.

El fiscal José Ayú Prado explicó que están por verificar la existencia de dos panameños que salieron del país con otros documentos de identidad y que fueron posteriormente aprehendidos por un caso vinculado a narcotráfico en Estados Unidos.

Actualmente están implicados en la red 18 personas, de las cuales 12 mantienen una medida cautelar distinta a la detención preventiva y otras 2 personas no han podido ser ubicadas, una de ellas está en el extranjero y otro tiene una orden de conducción.

La fiscalía hará una reiteración a Interpol de La Habana, Bogotá, Washington y Santo Domingo, donde han solicitado información.

Las inspecciones oculares continuaron en la Dirección de Pasaportes, Cedulación; también se efectuarán en otras oficinas.

En la ampliación de indagatorias a algunos de los vinculados mencionan más nombres de panameños que brindaron su identidad en esta organización.

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