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Wednesday, October 17 2018 @ 02:35 PM UTC

Network of Corrupt Officials Broken Up at Public Registry

Corruption Five government employees, among them two Department Heads at the Public Registry, have been fired when it was detected they were delaying some administrative processes in order to collect bribes, said the Director of the Public Registry, Luis Barria, this afternoon. He said officials were delaying the issuance of Property Titles and Deeds for up to eight months, in order to obligate members of the public to pay bribes. Barria made a call to the public, asking the community to report and irregularities detected in the procedures performed by the Public Registry. He also said this investigation began with a complaint from a user that was filed in April of this year. He did not rule out the possibility that the investigations would be taken over by the Public Ministry. (TVN Noticias)

Editor's Comment: Unfortunately, this is a "standard practice" in many government offices in Panama. If you want to get anything done, the people who are supposed to be doing the paperwork slow it down and drag it out as long as possible. They know that eventually someone will show up to complain. When that happens, they have a private little meeting in a back office somewhere, and they make it perfectly clear that it will cost you money if you want to speed things up. This kind of corruption is hard to root out, and I'm glad to see some progress being made. These people should be more than fired, they should also be criminally prosecuted.

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Network of Corrupt Officials Broken Up at Public Registry
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, June 07 2010 @ 10:40 PM UTC

I had an impact statement held up for 2 1/2 years. It was finally returned to me and I sent it back, it landed on another desk and was approved in 5 weeks. I decided not to invest.

Network of Corrupt Officials Broken Up at Public Registry
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, June 07 2010 @ 10:43 PM UTC

Sorry Don, but it isn't "hard to root out" - just make the civil service a professional and independent body, loyal to the state, not the governing party and implement some basic freedom of information laws and this sort of minor bureaucratic corruption would very soon be stamped out!