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Arrest Warrant Issued - Okke Ornstein Hauls Ass for Costa Rica

Expat Tales By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Panamanian judicial authorities have issued a series of arrest warrants for Dutch citizen Okke Ornstein, who until recently resided in the Republic of Panama. There are currently four cases pending against him in the First Municipal Court of Panama City, another eight criminal complaints that are still being investigated and developed by both the 7th and 8th Criminal prosecutors of the Public Ministry, and five more cases being filed this week - all for some variation of criminal defamation. The number of cases and demands being made by his victims has raised these cases to the attention of the Attorney General of Panama, Giuseppe Bonissi. Ornstein has failed to appear to respond to summons issued by prosecutors in several of these cases, and therefore those same prosecutors have now issued several arrest warrants (Conducción) against him. That means if he is spotted anywhere in the country, the police will arrest him on the spot and haul him physically to appear before the "competent authority" - in this case the prosecutor - in order to force him to appear for the cases which he has failed to appear voluntarily. If they ever do get their hands on him again, they won't let him go, that's certain.

Hauls Ass for Costa Rica: When the noose started tightening against him here in Panama, Ornstein ran across the border to Costa Rica where he is now hiding. Lawyers for the myriad of his victims are now working to ensure the arrest warrants against him are reflected in both the computers of the National Immigration Service as well as the handheld "Pele Police" units of the National Police. That way, if Ornstein tries to cross back into Panama he will be arrested at the border by Immigration agents, or if he sneaks back across illegally (like Holbert did,) Ornstein will show up in the Pele Police thing if he ever gets screened at a police checkpoint. And whoever puts him up knowingly will be subject to charges for harboring a fugitive as well.

The Bottom Line: Ornstein is now living on the run from the Panamanian justice system. He will predictably snarl and complain about their authority and the supposed illegitimacy of their ability to tell him what he can and cannot do. However, the fact of the matter remains - Ornstein does not have the guts to stand and defend his actions. In fact Ornstein knows that what he did was wrong, that he's broken the law, that he's guilty, and he's simply afraid of going to prison. So, he ran. Sweating and shaking, on the run. Good riddance. I suspect he will eventually end up in Ecuador with his buddy Leslie Aldredge. That's if he's smart, anyway.

The Hunt Is Still On: Right now Panamanian prosecutors are putting Ornstein into the Interpol system as a fugitive who is wanted in Panama. His ability to move internationally will be greatly restricted from here on out. As time goes forward the cases against him will proceed, and he will be tried and convicted in absentia. Hey, maybe Ornstein can use Holbert's contact to buy one of those nifty fake Dutch Caribbean passports on the Internet. And course Ornstein will keep coming back on the Internet like a bad burrito - until he's eventually caught and locked up, anyway. Sooner or later, that's how this story ends. Okke Ornstein is now completely and totally irrelevant. As it should be.

Copyright 2010 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Arrest Warrant Issued - Okke Ornstein Hauls Ass for Costa Rica
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, October 11 2010 @ 06:20 PM EDT

A very satisfying article. Good riddance to bad rubbish

Arrest Warrant Issued - Okke Ornstein Hauls Ass for Costa Rica
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, October 12 2010 @ 06:59 AM EDT

00 represents everything bad about journalism today. People thinks he is a journalist but in reality he is a smear artist. Yellow journalist. Facts are not checked, limited knowledge of subjects, completely ignores the 5 W's, H, and I of reporting.

We need good, responsible journalists more than ever in this world.

He is not one of them.

Arrest Warrant Issued - Okke Ornstein Hauls Ass for Costa Rica
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, October 12 2010 @ 10:09 AM EDT

I never forget a face and I have seen this man and probably talked to him and probably in Bocas Del Toro. I left Bocas in March so it had to be before that but now that Don (The Doberman) has his scent, he can run, but he can't hide. Don doesn't let go........

Arrest Warrant Issued - Okke Ornstein Hauls Ass for Costa Rica
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, October 12 2010 @ 11:03 AM EDT

I am all for Freedom of the Press and support the issues. What Ornstein does is crimimal in using the concept of a journalist to commit everything from blackmail to frauds like Tulip Fund, Save the Sloths and who knows what else. That does not fall under the cracks of Freedom of Speech. Don wrote an informative and truthful article.