Representative from Santa Ana Arrested for Drinking in Public
Monday, March 29 2010 @ 01:56 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: Feeling testy? Be very careful. The National Police in the Republic of Panama are legally authorized to "detain" practically anyone for any reason, and to hold them for as long as 24 hours for "investigation." They can also arrest you for "disrespecting authority" and haul you before a local Justice of the Peace (Corregidor) who will likely slap you with a $15 fine and let you walk - many hours later. Just be nice to the police officers who have a hard enough job already. This guy probably played the "I'm a mister big-shot politician so I can do whatever the hell I want" card - and for that he was reminded that the law applies to everyone. His case over alleged abuse of authority will likely go nowhere. Anyway, head's up.