Sentenced To Twelve Years For International Drug Trafficking
Wednesday, April 11 2012 @ 04:02 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: Have you ever noticed in Panama that you always see news stories about drug busts, but then there's relatively little follow-up later about whatever happened in those cases? I picked up on this story because it's the closing of the loop for a story that started back in November 2008, about three and a half years ago. That's how long it typically takes for a criminal case to slowly wind it's way through the legal and judicial system here. It takes forever. And that's also why most of the people who are sitting in Panama's prisons have not yet been convicted. They were caught, arrested, and charged - and now they are awaiting trial. There are literally thousands of people in this condition. Panama is slowly changing over the "accusatory" system, more like the US style of doing things, which will speed the processes up considerably.