Panama Port Capitan Creates Fake Official Government Documents For Serial Killer
Wednesday, February 23 2011 @ 09:00 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
Ismael Sagel Lopez - The Port Capitan El Porvenir, San Blas
This Guy Is Toast: It's one thing when a low ranking and underpaid local government official does the standard nickel and dime corruption thing and accepts money (bribes) from people to generate routine paperwork and to make things "go easier" or whatever. However, he screwed the pooch from here to Sunday by taking money from the serial killer Javier Martin, and in effect helped him to cover up the murder of Jean Pierre Bouhard and the theft of this sailboat the "Levante." In fact, he issued exactly five official (fake) documents to Javier Martin:
- Navigation Permit: Ismael Sagel Lopez issued a "Navigation Permit for Pleasure Vessels" for the "Twyss", 15 meters in length, 50 tons, VHF radio, British flag. The owner of the vessel is listed as Javier Martin's company, "Hacerse A La Mar, S.A." and it says the vessel was supposedly built in Spain in 1995. The classification of the vessel is listed as a "catamaran" with one crew member, one motor, no serial number for the motor is listed, 100 horsepower, an a speed of 12 knots. The motor make is listed as "Yanmar" and the owner is listed as "Hacerse A La Mar S.A., Javier Bermejo Martin, General Administrator." There's a $180 dollar tax with receipt number 522310 and a date of 3 February 2011, issued in Porvenir on 3 February 2011. The expiration date for this document is 3 February 2012, and the "issuing authority" is "Ismael Sagel Lopez, Merchant Marine Inspector." There's a note that says "valid for one year." The document carries two stamps, one from the Maritime Authority of Panama, and another from Javier Martin's company "Hacerse A La Mar, S.A."
- Authorization For Departure: All sailors know that they need to obtain a "Zarpe" from the AMP when they are going to move from one port to another. This is the formal and official manner in which the Panamanian government keeps track of the sailboats that are moving through their national waters. The Port Captain in El Porvenir, Ismael Sagel Lopez, issued an Authorization for Departure for a sailboat named the "Twyss" flying the British flag, 15 tons net and 50 tons gross, under the command of "Captain Javier Burmejo M." with one crewman on board and no passengers, for "having complied with all of the legal requisites and regulations, the Administrator of the Port authorized the departure from this port at 2:30 pm on 3 February 2011 with a destination of Puerto Bello, Colon" issued in Porvenir on 3 February 2011. The document carries "Departure Authorization Number 208648", it is signed by Ismael Sagel Lopez and is stamped with an original AMP seal of his office. The document was also stamped by Javier Martin with his company's seal, "Hacerse A La Mar S.A." showing RUC number 1742735-1-694676. There's also a big stamp that says "ZARPE" in large letters from the "Puerto El Porvenir". Again, this is a very interesting document, considering that the "Levante" - which Javier Martin is trying to turn into the "Twyss" - was tied up in the Green Turtle Cay Marina on the date and at the time this document was issued. It's a complete and total fake, and there's little doubt Javier Martin paid Ismael Sagel Lopez a hefty bribe to issue this document.
- Consent For Departure: Issued by the Republic of Panama, Maritime Authority of Panama, General Direction of Merchant Marine, document #190592. This is a "consent for departure" issued by the "Port Inspector of El Porvenir" on 3 February 2011, valid for 48 hours only. "Based on the request presented by Javier Bermejo M., who in representation of the vessel Twyss, of British registry, and having determined that the described vessel does in fact meet all of the requirements demanded by the General Direction of the Merchant Marine, and that this inspector concedes a Consent for Departure in favor of the vessel in question with registration number (blank) and with Radio Callsign (UHF), and that the General Direction of Ports and Auxiliary Maritime Industries issues this departure with the understanding that the vessel can depart from the port of El Porvenir with a destination of Puerto Bello (sic)." And once again, signed by Ismael Sagel Lopez, stamped with the official seal of the Maritime Authority of Panama, as well as Javier Martin's company "Hacerse A La Mar, S.A.".
- A Receipt for $4.50: The El Porvenir Port Captain issued a receipt from the Maritime Authority of Panama to the "Twyss" on 3 February 2011. Specifically the General Direction of the Maritime Port of Porvenir issued receipt number 505133 with a "partida 188.8.131.52.16" listed as "Boat Services for Zarpe Number 208648" at a cost of $1.50, as well as a $3.00 charge for "fondeo" which I think means an anchorage fee or something like that. It was signed by the Port Captain Ismael Sagel Lopez and stamped "Paid" with a stamp from the Maritime Authority of Panama in El Porvenir. This document also bears the seal of Javier Martin's company, "Hacerse A La Mar, S.A."
- A Receipt For $205: Ismael Sagel Lopez issued another official receipt from the Maritime Authority of Panama, number 522310, which lists five separate charges and a total of $205 dollars. The first item is "partida 184.108.40.206.03" and described as a tax on vessels for the use of the ports of Panama number 28853 for $180 dollars. The next item is "partida 220.127.116.11.51" and an $8.00 dollar fee for "stamps", then another $5.00 fee for the use of ports, another $8.00 dollars for more stamps, and a $4.00 fee for the "consent for departure" number 190592.
The "Levante" (Twyss) Was Not There: The Port Captain of El Porvenir, Ismael Sagel Lopez, issued all of these documents based solely on the word of Javier Martin. If he was supposed to "inspect" the boat that would have been physically impossible because the boat that was supposed to be the "Twyss" was actually tied up at the Green Turtle Cay Marina at the time. Javier Martin took the "Levante" into that marina at about 3:00 pm on Wednesday afternoon, 2 February 2011, and once it got there it never left until it was inspected and taken away by the police. It would have been impossible for the "Twyss" to depart the port of El Porvenir as described in the two departure documents on 3 February 2011, because it was already in the Green Turtle Cay Marina. In fact, the Port Captain is clearly documenting the fact that the vessel was supposedly in his port, right in front of his eyes in El Porvenir, when he issues this permission to depart. He's not saying that the "Twyss" can from from some other remote area of the San Blas islands, or something, the departure authorization clearly says the boat can go from El Porvenir to "Puerto Bello" (sic). I also think it's kinda funny that a Port Captain of the Maritime Authority of Panama does not apparently know the correct name of a port that's right down the coast - Portobelo - and he misspells it a couple of times in the documents. Anyway, these documents are complete and total crap.
I Heard About Them On 12 February 2011: Back on the Saturday before Javier Martin was captured, when we went to the Green Turtle Cay Marina with the task force made up of prosecutors and inspectors from the Public Ministry and police detectives from the Direction of Judicial Investigation (DIJ), I was told of the existence of these supposedly "official" documents that Javier Martin had presented regarding the "Twyss." Javier Martin intended to use these newly obtained documents to start a paperwork trail showing he was now the owner of the "Twyss."
Nuts In A Vice: I am going to have a talk with the prosecutor who is running the investigation into the disappearance of Don North tomorrow morning. He met with the Port Captain in El Porvenir when we were up there doing the inspections of Don North's boat the "Windancer" (Green Twilight). The confirmation of the existence of these documents regarding Jean Pierre Bouhard's boat the "Levante" (Twyss) and the complicity of this government official, who helped the serial killer Javier Martin to create falsified documents to cover his crimes, suddenly puts everything he said about Don North, the Windancer, and the activities of Javier Martin in the area of El Porvenir and the island of Chichime into question. I expect the Auxiliary Prosecutor Dimas Guevara to take immediate action against this man - and by that I mean ordering his arrest and an accomplice in a murder investigation. He's probably guilty of a whole string of crimes - taking bribes, faking documents, being a bad public servant, etc. I have no idea what the official charges will be, but today might have been this dude's last day on the job.
Copyright 2011 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.