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What Are YOUR "Top Ten" Reasons For Moving To Panama?

Expat TalesBy Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - I'm working on a project and I'm looking for some feedback from the members of the English speaking community of expatriates who are already living in Panama, either full or part time.

The question is: "What are your top ten reasons for living in Panama? Why did you move here? Why do you like it here so much, or what do you love about Panama now that you're here? Give me your top ten list of things you like about living here."

I've been asking this question of expats for a few weeks now, and surprisingly enough, the answers are scattered all over the place. There are a lot of things showing up on people's lists that I didn't anticipate at all (but, they make perfect sense).

So please send your personal list to me via email - don@panama-guide.com. Please include "Top Ten List" in the subject line. And please take the time to prioritize your list, or to put the things on your list in order. The #1 reason should be the most important thing to you, and #10 made the list but maybe it's not a critical or deciding factor.

Also, I'm doing this via email because I've noticed that people's lists tend to get sort of "polluted" (if that makes any sense) when they can see the responses sent in by others. I'm looking for pure and true feedback, and I don't want to skew the results...

As always, thanks for the feedback.

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American Fugitive Sage Million Arrested In Panama - Wanted In US For Terrorism

Expat TalesAn American citizen identified as Sage Million, 61, was arrested while trying to illegally enter Panama from Costa Rica, and upon further investigation it was discovered he is wanted in the United States for "terrorism" and other crimes, reported an official source. (more)

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Varela Ignored Article 5 of the "Ethics Pact" He Signed

PoliticsBy Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - At the start of the electoral cycle, now more than a year ago, I attended an event at the Hotel El Panama where Juan Carlos Varela and other Panamanian politicians signed an "Ethics Pact" in front of the press, to great (artificially orchestrated) fanfare. (more)

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Money Diverted From Consulates Financed Varela's Campaign

CorruptionThe Don James Foundation, possibly related to the money laundering case of money derived from a network of illegal online gambling led by Phillip Gurian in the U.S., managed almost 14 million dollars in three bank accounts, two of then in the Banco Panama. (more)

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Panameñista Party Splits - Some Now Attacking Varela

PoliticsAlejandro Perez, a member of the Panameñista political party, provided additional details during an interview this morning on Telemetro about the people who have been convicted for money laundering in the United States, information reported by the Miami based Diario Las Americas newspaper last Sunday. (more)

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Presidential Debate: Varela Dodged Questions And Blamed Arias For "Varela Gate"

PoliticsGerardo Barroso, the Independent presidential candidate broke the rules of the debate and demanded an explanation from Juan Carlos Varela over the recent revelations linking him to a money laundering network. (more)

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Prosecutor Requests Maximum Penalty For Spanish Serial Killer Javier Martin

Expat TalesThe Third Superior Prosecutor Sofanor Espinosa asked the judges to apply the maximum penalty against the Spanish citizen Javier Bermejo Martin, for the murder of the U.S. citizen Don North, perpetrated in February 2011. (more)

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Serial Killer Javier Martin Went On Trial For Murder Today in Panama

Expat TalesBy Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - Javier Martin, the Spaniard who killed the Frenchman Jean Pierre Bouhard and the American Don North in early 2011 went on trial this morning, charged with murder, robbery, the illegal use of stolen credit cards, and weapons charges. (more)

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Martinelli Gives Mi Bus An Ultimatum - Contract Will Be Cancelled If Service Does Not Improve

Cars & TransportationThe president, Ricardo Martinelli, gave an ultimatum to the Mi Bus company due to the constant complaints received about bad service from Metrobus by users who spend hours at bus stops, waiting to board a bus to take them to their destinations. (more)

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Martinelli Didn't Have Anything To Do With The Extortion Case in Italy

Panama NewsThe government spokesman Luis Eduardo Camacho said today on the TVN morning news broadcast that President Ricardo Martinelli has no relation to case against Valter Lavitola for extortion in Italy. (more)

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Don James Foundation - The "Not So Petty" Cash Fund of Juan Carlos Varela

Casinos & GamblingMichelle Lasso moved more than 27 million dollars through the Don James Foundation, chaired by Jaime Lasso, who Juan Carlos Varela appointed as the Panamanian Consul to South Korea when he became the Vice President and Foreign Minister, according to documents published last night on the website of the Miami based Spanish language newspaper, the Diario Las Americas. (more)

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The Documents Linking Panamanian Presidential Candidate (To Money Laundering)

Casinos & GamblingMultiple checks were made ​​out to the Vice President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela, who is also the presidential candidate of the Panameñista political party for the upcoming election, through accounts in several banks located in Panama, with funds derived from illegal online gambling operations, according to information obtained by Diario Las Americas. (more)

Editor's Comment: (You're really going to want to see this one - the "torpedo" that will sink the presidential campaign of Juan Carlos Varela - complete with copies of the checks he cashed...)

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Financial Analysis Unit Official Could Go To Prison If They Disclosed Official Information

CorruptionOfficials of the Financial Analysis Unit (UAF) are required by law to safeguard the information they learn or obtain in the performance of their duties, and whoever does not comply with this requirement could be sentenced to between three to five years in prison, according to the Penal Code. (more)

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Man gets supervised release in NY gambling case

Casinos & GamblingALBANY, N.Y. — The ringleader of an illegal online gambling operation who laundered millions of dollars was sentenced Tuesday to three years of supervised release by a federal judge in upstate New York.

Philip Gurian, of Boca Raton, Fla., received time served and was ordered to pay a $100,000 fine for conspiracy to launder money.

Gurian laundered at least $8 million through co-defendant Michele Lasso, who was sentenced earlier this month to probation and was detained by immigration officials for deportation to her native Panama.

"I am going to live a productive and peaceful life," Gurian told the judge after apologizing to the court and his family.

Gurian, 52, has been in custody since his April 2013 arrest. As part of his release, U.S. District Court Judge Mae D'Agostino prohibited him from going to locations where gambling is the focus and from possessing a computer or Internet capable device.

This isn't the first time Gurian has had trouble with the law. Court papers show that Gurian fled to Europe after being involved in a criminal matter linked to the mob and was found using a British passport with a fake name at a crossing between France and Switzerland. He was also involved in a civil dispute and fled to Canada.

D'Agostino says the $8 million to $10 million Gurian forfeited is "just the tip of the iceberg," going on to say that wire taps caught Gurian boasting that he made $150,000 a day from the illegal online gambling operation. Court transcripts show that he had bank accounts in at least 10 states and at least 6 countries.

As part of his sentencing, Gurian is also forced to file tax returns from 2009 to 2012.

Relatives and friends of Gurian said he is planning on writing a book.

Editor's Comment: Panamanian authorities have documents proving more than $30 million dollars in deposits to these accounts. According to the UAF and the Diario Las Americas, these funds were used to finance the presidential election campaign of the candidate for the Panameñista political party, Juan Carlos Varela. Michello Lasso is the daughter of Varela's cousin.

The Diario Las Americas had previously reported Gurian was sentenced to 20 years in prison in this case, which is obviously incorrect.

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Miss. man pleads not guilty in bankruptcy fraud

Expat TalesBy JEFF AMY - JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Jackson man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges that he defrauded his bankrupt business of more than $9 million.

Federal prosecutors said that after William "Butch" Dickson company, Community Home Financial Services, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the 57-year-old wired nearly $9.1 million from company accounts to a bank in Panama. Prosecutors say he also sent mortgage checks the company had collected to Central America.

Court papers say the bankruptcy trustee in charge of protecting funds for the company's creditors demanded Dickson return the money but he didn't comply.

A federal magistrate in Miami ordered Dickson held without bond after he was expelled from Panama on March 12 and returned to the United States. A hearing was set Thursday for Dickson to challenge his detention.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlos Tanner told U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Ball Tuesday that prosecutors believe Dickson is flight risk if released from the Madison County jail, where he's being held. Joe Holloman, one of Dickson's lawyers, said after the hearing that he would present evidence Thursday showing why Dickson is not a flight risk.

The indictment charges Dickson with six counts of bankruptcy fraud, six counts of bank fraud and five counts of wire fraud. If convicted, he could face decades in prison and millions of dollars in fines. Prosecutors also want him to forfeit the money in question.

Community Home was in the business of collecting mortgage payments on several thousand accounts. The company filed for Chapter 11 protection in 2012, claiming nearly $45 million in assets and $30 million in liabilities. Dickson was left in charge of the company and its bank accounts, but wasn't supposed to make certain kinds of transfers without permission, as is typical in a Chapter 11 proceeding.

But court papers say that starting in November, Dickson began sending money out of the country, himself traveling to Costa Rica in January. Prosecutors also allege that the company began directing customers to send loan payments to a Las Vegas address, where they were boxed up and sent to Costa Rica. After the bankruptcy trustee discovered the Las Vegas address, prosecutors say the company directed payments to a Miami address.

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Pinilla - "Someone Is Planning A Fraud"

PoliticsStrong words from the President of the Electoral Tribunal, Erasmo Pinilla, who has been the target of questions over an alleged lack of a college degree, and his inability to practice law. (more)

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Varela Says "They Invent Websites To Attack Me"

PoliticsA video broadcast by TVN, the National Television of Panama, reveals statements made by the presidential candidate for the opposition Panameñista political party Juan Carlos Varela, rejecting the allegations being made against him by a supposed website "created in the United States." (more)

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Varela Is "Killing the Messenger"

PoliticsThe journalist of the US based Diario de las Americas, Sergio Otálora, the author of the investigative article linking the Panameñista candidate Juan Carlos Varela to money laundering, said he would be presenting copies of the checks and documents related to the deposits today, and he said they show about 30 million dollars. (more)

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Varela Blames Arias For Allegations Of Money Laundering

PoliticsNational Assembly Deputy Jose Luis Varela, the brother and spokesman for the presidential campaign of Juan Carlos Varela, the presidential candidate for the Panameñista political party, denied yesterday that the Panameñista Party received illegal funds, as published yesterday by the Miami based newspaper Diario Las Americas. (more)

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Judge spares Panama woman prison in gambling case

CorruptionBy Robert Gavin - A Panamanian woman who laundered $8 million for an international gambling ring that included two Albany County jail officers will not go to federal prison.

Michele Lasso, 30, was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation and a $25,000 fine in U.S. District Court, where the judge blasted her claims of naivete.

"This gambling conspiracy could not happen without you," Judge Mae D'Agostino told Lasso, as Lasso wept while sitting between her attorneys. "I think you need to look in the mirror."

Her husband, Alejandro Lopez, watched from a courtroom bench, his hand pressed on a Bible.

Lasso, who holds a master's degree in financial markets, pleaded guilty Oct. 31 to conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. Lasso must forfeit $8 million and will be banned from the United States.

Lasso held a visa and was living in Parkland, Fla., before she was charged on April 10 in what is now the largest gambling bust in the history of Albany County. Lasso has spent most of the last year in home detention while raising an infant son born four days after her arrest. "I'm just very sorry," Lasso told the judge, crying.

Lasso controlled bank accounts, credit cards and wire transfers for a global sports betting ring operated by Philip Gurian, 52, of Boca Raton, Fla., who pleaded guilty to money laundering on Oct. 9. Gurian — whose criminal history includes a 2004 federal stock scam conviction with a captain in the New Jersey-based DeCavalcante crime family — will be sentenced by D'Agostino on April 15.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Sharpe, who prosecuted the case, asked that Gurian be sentenced to between eight and 14 months in prison. Sharpe had recommended probation for Lasso.

Lasso — also known as Michele Marie Lasso-Barraza — transferred gambling proceeds to Panama, Andorra and the Cayman Islands, and set up two sham entities known as Nigel Holdings Inc. and Nigel Holdings S.A.

Wiretaps caught Lasso talking with Gurian via Skype. In one conversation, Lasso said she tried to move $4 million from a gambling website to a Panamanian bank.

Lasso's attorney, William N. Shepherd, who once was the statewide prosecutor for Florida, told the judge his client is deeply changed from the woman caught on the wiretaps.

"At the time of the offense, Ms. Lasso lacked the good sense and appreciation of the U.S. legal system to consider the impact of this conduct, but now she reflects on the conduct with devastation, humiliation and regret," Shepherd wrote.

Lasso could have faced 12 to 18 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.

D'Agostino told Lasso she seriously considered imposing a prison sentence. The judge scoffed at Lasso's contention that she didn't appreciate the gravity of her crimes and that she came from a country where gambling is legal. "You speak almost as one who was naive and really didn't know what was going on," D'Agostino said. "I've read the wiretaps. I've had the benefit of listening to you when you did not know that law enforcement was listening in. So for you to leave this courtroom today and try to tell anybody that you didn't understand what was going on, in my view, is simply beyond belief."

At the conclusion of her sentencing, Lasso was placed in the custody of federal immigration agents.

Gurian — known as "Florida Phil" — ran between 40 and 50 offshore websites. Bettors received passwords and log-in codes for gambling websites that took a 10 percent fee on all bets. Gurian once boasted that he was earning as much as $150,000 daily.

Gurian laundered at least $8 million in proceeds through Lasso using Nigel Holdings Inc. and Nigel Holdings S.A. He had bookies working for him in New York, Boston, New Hampshire, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Texas, California and Las Vegas, as well as the United Kingdom, Jamaica, Russia, Holland, Mexico and Panama.

On April 10, authorities busted the ring, including Albany County jail officers Timothy Robillard and James Cerniglia, both of Clifton Park; longtime Latham bookie Joseph "Oink" Carucci and Christopher Socola and Craig Hayner of Clifton Park. All have pleaded guilty. (timesunion.com)

Editor's Comment: This morning the journalist Sergio Otálora of the Diario Las Americas who wrote the articles linking the presidential candidate for the Panameñista political party Juan Carlos Varela to money laundering, involving these illegal proceeds from online gambling, said he had bank records as well as copies of cancelled checks written directly to Varela. During the interview on Telemetro, he was flipping through pages and pages of additional information. He said Michelle Lasso's father, Jaime Lasso del Castillo - who Varela appointed as Panama's Consul to South Korea when he was serving as Panama's Foreign Minister - now turns out to be Varela's cousin. The total amount of money deposited into the 26 Panamanian bank accounts was "more than 30 million dollars" according to Sergio Otálora.

The journalist from the Diario Las Americas refused to answer direct questions regarding his contacts with Panama's Financial Analysis Unit - although it's now fairly obvious that as soon as the political operatives working for Ricardo Martinelli heard about the money laundering case against Michelle Lasso, the scrambled to investigate all of the associated accounts. Imagine the hard-on they got when they discovered that much of the laundered money was going directly to Juan Carlos Varela. In typical Martinelli fashion, they simply decided they would get the most "bang for the buck" by giving the information to Sergio Otálora of the newspaper Diario Las Americas in Miami. It also came out during the Telemetro interview this morning that the newspaper is owned by Venezuelan businessmen who are in political opposition to Venezuela's president Maduro.

Alvaro Alvarado tried hard to put the blame on the messenger, however it's perfectly clear that Varela received literally millions of dollars of illegal funds - which makes him a money launderer. His cousin's daughter funneled the money to him, which he is now spending to pay for political ads. Sooner or later there will be an investigation in Panama, where nothing will happen. Above a certain level there's a sort of "glass ceiling" where all politicians become untouchable. However, it would be a trip if the US Justice Department should issue a warrant for Varela's arrest, as being the kingpin behind this money laundering operation. That hasn't happened yet, but it might...

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The Bocas "Melting Pot" - After Action Report

FeedbackBy Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - Received the following today via email from someone who participated in the recent "Melting Pot" event in Bocas del Toro; (more)

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SINAPROC Ends Search For Two Missing Dutch Women in Panama

Expat TalesThe Public Ministry will now become responsible for determining the whereabouts of the two Dutch tourists who disappeared in early April in the district of Boquete, Chiriqui. (more)

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Martinelli Blames Jimmy Papdimitriu For The Article Against Him In The Wall Street Journal

PoliticsMary O'Grady, a reporter and columnist for The Wall Street Journal, published a column this Sunday saying Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli clearly intends to "stay in power" using his influence in the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ), by making his wife Marta Linares de Martinelli the running mate of Jose Domingo Arias. (more)

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Panama's King Moves the Queen

Panama NewsBy MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY - Center-right Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli is an outspoken critic of Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro. Back home in Panama, though, Mr. Martinelli is laying the groundwork for a power grab of his own. If he prevails the region will take another step backward on the freedom trail, yet the Obama State Department remains silent.

Mr. Martinelli's term ends on July 1 and the constitution bars him from re-election. But the wealthy supermarket magnate is not letting go so easily. He has made his wife, Marta, the vice-presidential candidate on his Democratic Change Party (CD) ticket for the May 4 presidential election. The presidential candidate is José Domingo Arias, his former housing minister.

The Panamanian Constitution anticipates the caudillo who tries "moving the queen," as this tactic is known elsewhere in the region, to get around a prohibition on re-election. Its Article 193 states that relatives within "the second degree of marital relations of the President of the Republic" may neither be president nor vice president immediately following his term.

A constitutional challenge to Mrs. Martinelli's candidacy has been brought to the Supreme Court. But the president seems to be betting that the five—of nine—judges who regularly vote in his favor will do so again.

The Panamanian democracy is on the ropes once more. This time Mr. Martinelli has asphyxiated it by waving money under the noses of the political class.

The economy has grown fast in recent years and to hear Mr. Martinelli tell it, he gets things done like no other president before him. That may be true. According to legend, Mussolini made the trains run on time. But the consolidation of power that allowed the Italian dictator to crush dissent and silence opponents ended in disaster. It may be no different in Panama, where the bombastic president publicly vilifies his adversaries and uses the tax authority against them.

Since taking office in 2009, Mr. Martinelli has nearly doubled the national debt to almost $20 billion. His CD party won only 14 out of 71 seats in the last election, but it has since acquired 23 additional legislators from other parties. Four other legislators have joined in a governing coalition.

Perhaps something metaphysical inspired these conversions. It is also possible that all that borrowed money played a role. Congressional allies who approve Martinelli projects and judicial nominations, according to media reports, are recipients of generous public funding directed by the president, while his opponents receive far less.

It's hard to know how the money is being used because Mr. Martinelli has eliminated credible oversight. The attorney general and the comptroller general are supposed to be independent of the executive. Instead they are presidential cronies. The comptroller general, as I reported here in 2012, is the former internal auditor of one of the president's companies and a longtime Martinelli associate.

This lack of transparency has invited scandals. One includes the allegation that Mr. Martinelli received millions of dollars in kickbacks from an Italian supplier of radar equipment and helicopters partly owned by the Italian government during the time his friend Silvio Berlusconi was prime minister of Italy.

Mr. Martinelli calls the charges "soap operas." But prosecutors in an Italian court, who charged Vlater Lavítola as one of the alleged Italian middlemen in the bribery scheme, have named Mr. Martinelli as a beneficiary of those bribes. Mr. Lavitola's trial is scheduled to begin in June. Curiously no American company—subject to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act—has been awarded any major contract during what has been the largest public-works spending spree—not related to the Panama Canal—in the history of the country.

If the CD ticket does not win the election, the incoming government is likely to closely scrutinize this and other charges of Martinelli monkey business. That could explain what appears to be heavy-handed campaign tactics. In March the president of the electoral tribunal, one of the last independent institutions in the country, alleged that the CD had gained access to personal and confidential information about voters held by the electoral authority and is using it for the campaign.

Tens of millions of public dollars are being spent advertising the government's public-works projects ahead of the vote. In flagrant violation of the constitutional prohibition on campaigning by the president, Mr. Martinelli openly promotes the CD ticket.

The electoral tribunal will play a key role in oversight and vote counting in a race that is expected to be tight. As such its reputation for integrity is crucial. But in recent weeks Mr. Martinelli has been attacking its reliability and even the impartiality of its president, as if he seeks to undermine the court's authority.

In 2012, Mr. Martinelli tried to pack the Supreme Court by adding three new seats to guarantee his influence and raise the odds that he might overcome the prohibition on re-election the way Daniel Ortega did in Nicaragua. When Panamanians went to the streets to resist, he withdrew the proposal. The lust for power remains. (Wall Street Journal)

Editor's Comment: "If he prevails the region will take another step backward on the freedom trail..." How? Because the Panamanian voters are stupid? Rather, the Panamanian people have already had experience with the other two options - the PRD's Juan Carlos Navarro and the Panameñista's Juan Carlos Varela. They know exactly what Martinelli is doing by "moving his Queen" - and they are going to vote for the Domingo Arias - Marta Martinelli ticket, anyway. Martinelli has an approval rating approaching 80%, something this article totally ignores.

Article 193 of Panama's Constitution specifically says "Relatives within the fourth degree of consanguinity or the second degree of affinity of the President of the Republic (may not be elected to the position of Vice President) for the period following that in which the President has exercised the office." A ten second search of the Internet shows that Marta Martinelli - as his spouse - clearly occupies a position in the "first degree of affinity." So yeah, what they are doing is obviously unconstitutional. I wonder how the Supreme Court is going to find a way to first wait until after the election is over (when it no longer matters), and then to say "yeah, whatever, yadda yadda - we decide in favor or Martinelli..."

With regards to the part about the national debt of Panama "nearly doubling." The bottom line number of the size of the total debt doesn't matter. The author is attacking on the math, while hoping the reader is ignorant. What really matters is the size of the debt, compared to the GDP. In 2005 Panama's debt was 65% of the GDP. Panama passed a "fiscal responsibility" law, and the total amount of national debt is limited. Today the debt is down to just 35.9% of GDP, and it's been improving ever since. So the bottom line is - a nation with a bigger economy can afford to borrow more money. Panama's debt rating has also been improving steadily. This author - like so many others - is trying to attack on the math and economics. You can't do it. Panama's economy has been growing by like 10% over the past ten years. That mean's it's doubled in size. Of course they can afford borrow more money. Don't be an idiot...

And of course Martinelli paid all of the lawmakers to come over to his side. Lots and lots of money for them to spread around in their districts. Those on the other team got next to nothing.

And yes, Martinelli has eliminated all credible oversight. There are no independent institutions. And what's more, he's going to take over what's left after the next election when Arias wins. I've been saying it for a long time, that Martinelli is poised to take over Panama and keep it for 50 years.

Regarding the Lavitola scandal and Finmeccanicca. Remember, that was a case of "corruptus interruptus." It all fell apart before the bribes were actually paid. Yes, of course they were going to be paid, but it never actually went through.

Sorry, but I always feel the need to point out the finer details of these sorts of articles, when the original author glides over things. I agree with most of it, as written...

Oh, one more thing. The Obama administration loves Martinelli. He backed them in the OAS. They seize more drugs than anyone else in Latin America. Martinelli has busted dozens of wanted criminals at the Tocumen airport and sent them packing to Houston or Miami to face justice. He's solidly a "player" for the US. And he's also much better than either of the other two options. The US has a long history of ignoring the faults of third world dictators in Latin America, as long as he's doing the bidding of the US. It's the American way...

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Varela-Gate: "Two Main Sources: The US Justice Department and Panama's Financial Analysis Unit"

PoliticsThe journalist Sergio Otálora, of the Diario Las Americas, denied statements being made by Juan Carlos Varela, and he said the information from the investigation linking the candidate for the Panameñista political party to monies that are the proceeds from money laundering comes from the Justice Department of the United States, and from the Financial Analysis Unit of the government of Panama. (more)

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Panamanian Presidential Candidate Involved In Money Laundering

CorruptionBy Sergio Otalora - Several bank accounts in Panama received funds from money laundering, from transactions related to illegal online gambling operations, and these funds have been used to finance the political campaign of presidential candidate Juan Carlos Varela, according to information obtained by the Diario Las Americas. (more)

Editor's Comment: (This is a translation of the Spanish language article published this morning by the Miami newspaper Diario Las Americas, with my comments.)

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Arrests Made in Internet Gambling Investigation

Casinos & GamblingU.S. Attorney’s Office, April 10, 2013, Northern District of New York, (315) 448-0672 ALBANY, NY—United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announced the filing of criminal complaints in the Northern District of New York in Albany that charge four individuals with federal money laundering and gambling felonies arising from a multi-agency investigation of an international Internet gambling operation. Four additional defendants were charged with New York State gambling offenses. (more)

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Blowing Up Now - Was Juan Carlos Varela's Campaign Financed By Proceeds From Illegal Online Gambling?

PoliticsBy Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - Here's the story in a nutshell. On 10 April several people were arrested in Florida, New York and other locations, charged with being part of an Internet sports gambling operation. (more)

Editor's Comment: (I'm going to be covering this scandal at length. If you want to know what's going on, you really should subscribe now, if you haven't already...)

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Several Mafias Falsifying Titles And Land Documents - Stealing Land Worth Millions in Panama

Real EstateIn mid-2008, when the then governor of Cocle, Darío Fernández, discovered his mother had been involved in the illegal transfer of a property in the area of Piña, in Colon, he never imagined this would be the cause of his assassination three years later. (more)

Editor's Comment: (If you already own property in Panama, or if you are thinking about investing here - then you really need to read this article, as well as my comments at the end. And you can do that by subscribing to this website.)

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Martinelli at Maracana: "Here in El Chorrillo, We've Done More In Five Years, Than Was Done In The Last 100 Years"

Infrastructure UpgradesAccompanied by 100 children from El Chorrillo, the President of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli, today took to the sports field at the brand new Maracana stadium to inaugurate the facility in the popular Panamanian neighborhood. (more)

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