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Gringo (US/Denmark Expat) Assaulted In Bocas del Toro - Needs Blood Donations

Expat Tales By Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - On Saturday night six armed, masked men assaulted and abducted 73 year old Stig Pedersen at his home located in Tierra Oscura, in Bocas del Toro, in the Republic of Panama.

They hit him on the head and hauled him off in his own boat, a "white T-top with 'Puff' written on the bow." The boat has a 75 hp four-stroke motor. At the time of the assault, the assailants were reported to be headed towards Almirante.

Stig Pedersen lives in Bocas del Toro and he has a home in Dolega.

Pedersen currently needs six pints of A+ blood. He was beaten severely and has several brain hemorrhages. He is at the public regional hospital in David. Please help, or forward to those who can.

Editor's Comment: Reportedly Pedersen recently told a friend that a neighbor "wants him dead." Obviously the National Police should start their investigation with whoever made the threat against him.

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Tissue Found In Panama Belongs To Lisanne Froon

Expat TalesBy Laura Klompenhouwer - The human remains that were found last week in Panama are those of Lisanne Froon. (more)

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Tissue from Lisanne Froon

Expat TalesHuman tissue found on Thursday in the Panamanian jungle belongs to Lisanne Froon, one of the Dutch women who have been missing since April 1. (more)

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Remains Found of Lisanne Froon; Kris Kremers Still Inconclusive

Expat TalesThe human remains found last Thursday in the Panamanian jungle belong to Lisanne Froon, one of the two women from Amersfoort who have been missing since April 1. (more)

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Dutch Media Reporting Human Remains Belong To Lisanne Froon

Expat TalesNew, grim revelations suggest the human remains found in the mountains of Bocas del Toro could belong to Lisanne Froon, one of the two Dutch women who disappeared on 1 April, as reported by various news outlets in Holland on their websites. (more)

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Human Remains Found In Bocas del Toro Belong To One Of The Missing Dutch Women

Expat TalesPublic Ministry sources say DNA tests performed on human remains discovered in the province of Bocas del Toro confirm they belong to one of the two Dutch women who have been missing along the "El Pianista" hiking trail in the province of Chiriqui, since April. (more)

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Panama police say remains may be missing Dutch women

Expat TalesPolice in Panama say they have found bones and a pair of boots that could be the remains of two Dutch women who went missing more than two months ago.

Lisanne Froon, 22, and Kris Kremers, 21, disappeared from the town of Boquete in early April.

A backpack containing two mobile phones thought to belong to the women was found in the same area last week.

Investigators say the finds are "significant" and that DNA tests will now be carried out on the bones.

Police said the remains were found in Bocas del Toro province on Thursday.

They are continuing to search the area where the items were found.

Dense woodland

The women had traveled to Boquete earlier this year to do social work with children after completing a two-week Spanish course.

They were last seen on 2 April as they went walking along a mountain path in the densely wooded area along the border with Costa Rica.

The parents of one of the women, Kris Kremers, visited Panama in April to help raise awareness of the search.

A Dutch search team traveled to Panama in May but did not manage to find the women.

The parents of the women have offered a $30,000 (£18,000) reward for anyone providing "concrete information" about their whereabouts.

Boquete is a popular destination for hikers exploring the nearby cloud forest, waterfalls and coffee plantations.

In 2009, a 29-year-old British man disappeared from the town. He left all his belongings and only had with him his passport, credit card and a few dollars.

While visitors are warned against travelling to Panama's eastern border with Colombia because of the presence of Colombian rebels in the area, its western border region is generally considered to be safe. (BBC)

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Remains Found In Panama: Testing To Verify Missing Women's DNA

Expat TalesInvestigators looking into the disappearance of two Dutch students in Panama have found human remains near a location where the women’s personal belongings were discovered.

The remains were brought to the forensic lab in Panama City for DNA testing, said the officer of justice, Betzaida Pitti during a press conference yesterday.

Police in Panama have been working with Dutch officials trying to track down Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers. The two have been missing since they left their boarding house for a hike on April 1.

Two different shoes and boots were found, announced RTL journalist Britta Sanders on Twitter. No other details were released.

The Dutch Forensic institution (NFI) will be analyzing the belongings of the missing girls, much of which was inside a backpack. It is unclear if the mobile phones that were found on Friday were owned by the two girls. The NFI believes there is a big chance that useful information can be found on these phones.

A bag with the belongings of Froon and Kremers was found last week, including the two phones, two pairs of glasses, money, and an identity card belonging to Froon. The bag was found in Alto Romero, which is located at the Pianista trail. The girls planned to hike around that area, the day they went missing. (nltimes.nl)

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Public Minister Confirms New Findings In Case Of Missing Dutch Women

Expat TalesThe First Superior Prosecutor Bethsaida Pitti confirmed significant new evidence was found during the inspection this morning in the area of the Rio Culebra in Altos Romero, along the coordillera Changuinola in the province of Bocas del Toro, which will be transferred to the Institute of Legal Medicine of Panama. (more)

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New Evidence Found In The Case Of The Missing Dutch Women

Expat TalesPanamanian authorities found new evidence in the area of Alto Romero in the jungle of Bocas del Toro, presumably related to the case of the two young Dutch women, who have been missing since April. (more)

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New Evidence Recovered In The Case Of The Missing Dutch Women

Expat TalesThe prosecutor Betzaida Pittí collected new evidence today in the area of Rio ​​Culebra, in the Valle de Riscó, where last weekend backpacks were found containing the personal belongings of the two Dutch women, who have been missing for more than two months. (more)

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Selling Fast: Cerrito Tropical, Isla Taboga

Hotels Less than an hour from Panama City, Cerrito Tropical is nestled on a quiet hillside above the shores of Isla Tagoba. The charming B&B is the perfect getaway for anyone looking to escape from the city - whether as a family vacation or a romantic getaway.

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Marsh to acquire majority stake in Panama broker Semusa

InsuranceMarsh L.L.C. has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Seguros Morrice y Urrutia S.A., an insurance broker based in Panama City.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. As of March 30, Semusa had $2.8 million in assets and more than 75,000 clients, Marsh said Wednesday in a statement.

With a staff of 196 professionals, Semusa has been Marsh’s local correspondent broker in the region for 15 years, according to the statement. The combined entity, operating as Marsh Semusa, will unite the operations of Semusa and the global capabilities of Marsh to provide more services to clients of all sizes in Panama, Marsh said.

“Panama is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world,” Peter Zaffino, president and CEO of Marsh, said in the statement. “The country has seen significant expansion across the financial services, infrastructure, construction, energy, logistics and transportation sectors.”

Samuel Urrutia, currently president of Semusa Group, will become chairman of the board of Marsh Semusa, while Emanuel Abadia, currently CEO of Semusa, will become CEO of Marsh Semusa, according to the statement. (Press Release)

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"Pirate" Bus Drivers Close Roads Again - This Time In La Siesta

Expat TalesDrivers of "pirate" taxis closed the main transport route in La Siesta in the area of Tocumen, in protest to allow them to provide the service. (more)

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Jungle And Mountain Experts Join Search For Missing Dutch Women

Expat TalesExperts in jungle and mountain expeditionary operations will resume the search to locate the two Dutch women Lisanne Froom and Kris Kremers, who have been missing since April 2. (more)

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Protesting "Pirate" Taxi Drivers Turn The Northern Corridor Into A Combat Zone

Protests & DemonstrationsNow less than 15 days before the new government of Juan Carlos Varela takes over, and with a change of command coming inside of the Land Transit and Transportation Authority, the ATTT is making a last-minute attempt to exterminate the "pirate" taxis. (more)

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Riot At The David Public Prison - One Injured

Crime & PunishmentThere are reports of a riot inside of the public prison in the city of David, in Panama's Western province of Chiriqui near the border with Costa Rica. (more)

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Water Main Bursts - Flooding Streets And Disrupting Traffic

Infrastructure UpgradesA water pipe burst in the area of El Crisol, in the district of San Miguelito, is causing the waste of a large amount of water and hampering the passage of vehicular traffic through the area. (more)

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Fire In Colon - Dangerous Chemical Spill

Safety & SecurityFiremen from Colon and Panama City are working to extinguish a fire at a warehouse, which has caused a spill of a hazardous chemical. (more)

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Panama lawyer says prosecution of N. Korea arms ship crew illegal

Panama NewsBy Yonho Kim and Jee Abbey Lee (VOA) A Panamanian lawyer representing detained crew members of the North Korean cargo vessel Chong Chon Gang says his clients are being held responsible twice for one crime, a move he calls illegal.

Julio Berrios said in an e-mail to the VOA Korean service that the criminal indictment, which followed a $1 million fine for the captain and two other sailors, is double jeopardy, which prohibits a defendant from being tried again on the same or similar charges.

“If the national law is strictly applied, the sailors should be acquitted,” Berrios argued.

Berrios also maintains the three crew members did not violate United Nations Security Council resolutions because they only apply to governments and not individuals.

He added that the North Koreans should be exempt from criminal prosecution because they were merely following orders from Pyongyang.

The prosecutor of the case, Robert Moreno, has rejected that defense. Earlier this month, he told VOA it was not a valid defense because the orders from Pyongyang were not lawful.

Moreno added that Panamanian prosecutors found e-mails from North Korean authorities to the captain, in which he was told not to declare the content of his cargo, proving that he was aware his shipment was illegal.

Authorities in Panama seized the Chong Chon Gang last July after reports circulated that the North Korean-flagged ship was transporting illegal drugs. Instead, the vessel was found to be carrying weapons in violation of international sanctions against North Korea.

Thirty-two of the ship’s crew members were released in February after North Korea paid $690,000 in fines; however, the ship’s captain and two others were charged for trafficking illegal weapons.

When asked about the sailors’ health, Berrios said they are doing well. “The guards [at La Hoya Penitentiary] are treating the Chong Chon Gang officers with respect,” the attorney added.

Berrios himself visits his clients at least twice a week.

A ruling on the case is expected later this month.

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PRD Setting Their Sights On The Presidency Of The National Assembly

PoliticsThe National Assembly Deputy-elect from the Partido Revolucionario Democrático political party Zulay Rodríguez said today the PRD will choose their candidate to lead the National Assembly, starting from 1 July. (more)

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Attempted Assassination Against Vernon Ramos' Assistant (Financial Pacific Case)

CorruptionGustavo Gordon, a government employee who works for the Superintendency of Market Securities who is scheduled to testify before the Thirteenth Prosecutor for the trial of Mayte Pellegrini, who has been accused of financial crimes to the detriment of the brokerage house Financial Pacific, was stabbed yesterday in the park Urracá, on Avenida Balboa. (more)

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"Alert Zone" Declared Due To Diarrhea Outbreak in Panama

HealthcareStatistics from the Directorate of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health show an increase in the number of cases of diarrhea in the first five months of the year compared with the same period last year. (more)

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Contraband Smugglers Detected And Arrested Outside Of La Joyita Prison

Crime & PunishmentPanamanian authorities recently detected two people attempting to smuggle contraband into the La Joyita prison, and even grizzled veterans were surprised at what they found. (more)

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Alejandro Perez Threatens To Sue For "Violating His Privacy"

CorruptionThe lawyer and former Minister of Government, Alejandro Pérez defended himself on Monday morning, after the broadcast of a video that was posted on YouTube, after a collision with another vehicle, showing him exchanging words with the other driver involved in the accident. (more)

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No Water Service Today In Several Areas of Panama City

Infrastructure UpgradesThe Institute of National Aqueducts and Sewers (IDAAN) announced today via their Twitter account that several areas of Panama City will be without water service today, due to maintenance work. (more)

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Searchers Redirected After Discovery Of Missing Dutch Girls' Belongings

Expat TalesThe discovery of a backpack containing the personal belongings of the two missing Dutch women Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers could give searchers clues to the location of the two tourists, who have been missing in the area of Boquete in the province of Chirquí since 2 April. (more)

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Panamanian Politician Alejandro Perez - Driving Drunk, Causes Accident, Leaves Scene (Video)

CorruptionBy Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - There's a minor flap in the morning news today, after the prominent politician Alejandro Perez was caught on video tape over the weekend - drunk, causing a traffic accident, being combative and belligerent, and leaving the scene of an accident. (more)

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Former IDAAN Officials Sentenced To Three Years In Prison For Stealing Materials

CorruptionThe Thirteenth Criminal Court sentenced three former officials of the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (Idaan) to three years in prison, for their roles in a network that was stealing supplies and materials from the IDAAN's warehouse, which were then resold. (more)

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Martinelli Denies Any Involvement In Hurtado Case

Panama NewsAfter a group of people who were "persecuted" by Maria del Pilar Hurtado, the former director of the Colombian DAS (intelligence agency), announced on Friday in a press conference in Panama they were aware President Ricardo Martinelli is protecting the former Colombian official at one of this properties, the Panamanian leader was swift to respond to the accusations through the social networks. (more)

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