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Complaint To Be Filed Against Torture Committed During The Dictatorship of Omar Torrijos

History & ReferenceVictims of the regime of General Omar Torrijos Herrera (1968-1981) have prepared a criminal complaint that they will present to the Attorney General for these acts. At 11:00 am in the office of the former Vice Minister of Government Alejandro Perez, located on Via España, there will be a press conference on Tuesday, 20 December, during which those who were affected by the dictatorship of Omar Torrijos will offer their statements to the country. It's the same day that commemorates the U.S. invasion of Panama on December 20, 1989, to overthrow the dictatorship of Manuel Antonio Noriega during which Panamanians, specifically the neighborhood of El Chorrillo, were killed. Speaking to La Estrella, Perez said there is much talk about the dictatorship of Noriega, who is currently imprisoned in El Renacer prison since Sunday December 11, 2011 after being extradited from France, and little is said about those who were tortured "during the dictatorship of Torrijos." The former Vice Minister said Guillermo Rola Pimental and Abraham Crócamo will be at the press conference.

The Constitution of 1972 names Torrijos as the "Maximum Leader of the Panamanian Revolution." Torrijos died at age 52 when his plane, a DeHavilland Twin Otter (DHC-6) of the Panamanian Air Force, mysteriously exploded in flight on 31 July 1981, and then began the Noriega regime. The Report of the Truth Commission, submitted in April 2002 revealed that during the years of dictatorship at least 110 people went missing or were murdered. (Estrella)

Editor's Comment: Good point. To this very day the PRD leadership openly support the ideals of Omar Torrijos. In their eyes Torrijos was the "good" dictator while Noriega was the "bad" dictator. But in reality many people were also killed and tortured while Omar Torrijos was in charge of the country.

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