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DIJ Rounding Up Fugitives in Panama

Crime & PunishmentDetectives from the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) yesterday arrested a subject who was wanted, and who has been sentenced to serve 80 months in prison for the offense of aggravated robbery.

The 24 year old man was captured in the neighborhood of Punta Paraiso in the district of Chame, where he was working for a construction company.

The subject was turned over to the authorities before being transferred to a prison.

In another story, DIJ officers from Juan Diaz and Pedregal captured a 24 year old woman who was allegedly involved in the murder of an Asian person in the sector of La Riviera of Pedregal on 28 January.

Reports indicate the woman also has a complaint against her for armed robbery of a business in the same sector. (Panama America)

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Police Looking For Rapist On Clayton

Crime & PunishmentAuthorities in Panama City are on the track to find a robber and rapist. Victims contributed to produce a sketch of the suspect. Authorities think he is hiding in the woods in the Clayton area.

The suspect has been identified as a 25 to 30 years old male. This individual attacked a young lady last week in the residential area of the 700 block of Calle Papaya, neighboring the woods.

Authorities and affected parties have followed certain tips that lead to presume that the suspect is hiding in the woods where empty containers of tuna and mayonnaise along with a handmade wooden ladder, a machete, and a pair of pants used the day of the attacks were found.

According to the investigations, the day when the attacks happened, the suspect was not alone and were not able to make it to the main road without been noticed by the Policia Nacional. Also, the clothing found and used by the suspect was identified by the victim.

Facts - On the night of January 31, two individuals broke into a residence in Clayton and were found by two young females. One of the women yelled for help while she was on her cellphone. The main suspect threatened her and with foul language told his partner that he was not leaving without satisfying his sexual appetite.

Both individuals were armed; one with a gun and the other with a machete.

The main suspect performed some obscene acts in front of one of the women but his partner rushed him out afraid of being caught by the police. On their way out of the residence, they took with them computers, cash, and the victims’ purses.

Any information regarding the suspect described above should be reported to the DIJ, by calling 5122232. (Critica)

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Man Arrested With Fake Police Uniforms

Crime & PunishmentA man in his car was arrested by police officers in the area of ​​Santa Cruz, Curundú.

During the verification of the subject and his car he was found to have a fake police uniform.

It was learned that the subject was engaged in installing fake police checkpoints to commit his crimes.

The suspect was taken to the police station in Curundú. (Critica)

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Hearing Starts Today In Kidnapping Of Supreme Court Judge's Mother

Crime & PunishmentThe hearing started today, Thursday, 24 January 2013, against the four people who have been accused in the kidnapping of Cecilia Pinilla Benavides, the mother of the Supreme Court Judge Víctor Benavides.

During the kidnapping, which occurred in the city of Santiago on 13 October 2010, the defendants asked for a large sum of money as ransom for her release.

That day the kidnappers left the old woman near the cemetery close to Aguadulce.

The prosecuting attorney, Angel Gomez, asked the sentencing of the accused, while the defense attorney Silvio Guerra, calls the them to be acquitted. (Panama America)

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Car Thief Caught

Crime & PunishmentUnits of Department of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) of Colon arrested an 18 year old man, after he stole a vehicle from an Argentine citizen who was at the beach in Nombre de Dios, last weekend.

The DIJ detectives arrested the suspect as he was driving down the main street of Sabanitas, riding in the stolen car, a champagne-colored Mercedes Benz with registration number 878547.

The investigation continues, and the authorities are still searching for two accomplices who were with him at the time of the theft. (Mi Diario)

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Unidentified Body Found Next To Balboa Theater

Crime & PunishmentA unidentified man was found dead today in the bushes next to the Balboa Theater, said a source from the National Police.

The discovery was made when Eduardo Gil, who was passing by, told a National Police office who was guarding the National Bank, about the bad smell in the area.

At first glance there was no bullet holes in his anatomy nor evidence of a stab wound, but he had lacerations, explained a source from the Crime Scene Investigators of the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Science.

In the place they found cartons which seems to suggest that the victim was a homeless man. (Critica)

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No Decision Yet In Murder Trial of Daniel Moreno Melendez in Death of US Expat Denise Hiller

Crime & PunishmentBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Panama's Second Superior Tribunal held the murder trial of Daniel Moreno Melendez on 1 October 2012, now more than three months ago.

You can read about my participation in that trial in this earlier report published the day after the trial.

I returned to the courthouse this afternoon to check on the status of the case, to see if a decision has been handed down, and to find out if Moreno has been convicted or sentenced.

I often receive email from friends and family members of Denise Hiller who are following the case closely.

Even though Panamanian law stipulates that the judges are supposed to decide the case within 30 days, as of yet no decision has been handed down.

When I asked the court clerks who handle these cases about the delay, they said this case is still relatively "fresh" even though the trial was more than three months ago.

So, there's nothing new to report, except the fact that there's nothing new to report. I'll head back up there in another month or to, just to keep tabs.

And on a side-note, there's still no place to park up there. I had to park with my car half on the sidewalk (illegally) along with about 30 other cars. They really (really) need to build that parking garage...

Copyright 2013 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Local Judges Get Access To National Police Database

Crime & PunishmentThe Public Security Minister Jose Raul Mulino today signed a letter of understanding with the mayor of Panama, Roxana Mendez.

Mulino announced the delivery of 25 computers for the Justices of the Peace (Corregidurías) in the district, which will be connected to the database of the National Police. (TVN)

Editor's Comment: Throughout Panama the "Corregiduría" (which I translate as Justice of the Peace) is a local judge appointed by the Mayor. They have some powers to enforce the law, normally on matters of things like domestic violence, bar fights, public intoxication, and disputes between neighbors. Their offices are usually located together with or close to the local sub station of the National Police, because they are the ones who issue the orders, and the cops are the ones who execute those orders. For example - if someone is not paying their child support payments the "Corregidor" will issue an order for that person to appear in court, and the cops will go pick him up and drag him in, in response to the order. This initiative between the Ministry of Public Security and the office of the Mayor of Panama City will give all of the local Corregidors in Panama City better access to the information and data that is already readily available to the National Police. Using this, they will be able to quickly and easily see if there are any other arrest warrants pending against the person standing in front of them, for example.

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A Prison Inmate Died in Colon

Crime & PunishmentThe inmate Patricio Martinez Wood, 38, died at the Nueva Esperanza Rehabilitation Center in Colon, under strange circumstances.

Some say he had been beaten, but the prison administration reported he died due an overdose.

Martinez Wood was serving a sentence for a murder conviction, and he died in his own cell, located in gallery T of this detention center.

Meanwhile, the inmate Jonathan Salaza remains in serious condition after a beating he received at the same prison.

According to his relatives several inmates beat him for allegedly snitching on drugs seized in a search.

Due to the severity of the blows he was taken to the Santo Tomas Hospital in Panama City. (Critica)

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"Chino" Stabbed To Death Over Beer

Crime & PunishmentThe merchant Weiquian Luo died of multiple stab wounds inflicted by a person who entered his business, located in the eastern sector of the province of Panama.

According to reports, the murderer came to buy a beer at the local store located in Tocumen, and apparently he did not want to pay, prompting an argument with the Chinese owner of the convenience store.

Amid the exchange of words and scuffling, the offender pulled out a knife and stabbed him several times.

The victim was taken by his family members to the local medical center, where nothing could be done to save his life.

National Police arrived at the scene of the incident and took the video, which identifies the murderer. (Critica)

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Kidnapped Woman Released

Crime & PunishmentA 38 year old woman who was kidnapped last Sunday was released last night in the area of El Nance, Concepción, Juan Díaz.

Neighbors reported hearing screams for help coming from a residence, where two men who had been guarding her had fled.

The woman was kidnapped in Villa de Las Acacias.

The kidnappers demanded $10,000 from her family in exchange for her freedom. (Mi Diario)

Editor's Comment: I saw on another newspaper that this woman's husband had been murdered in December last year.

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Cases Of Credit Card Cloning Increased in December 2012

Crime & Punishment2012 closed with more than 300 reports of cloning of debit or credit cards, revealed Digna Castillo, the Third Circuit Prosecutor, on RPC Radio.

She explained there was an increase in cases during the month of December 2012, and in the past they detected that before the cards were being cloned that belonged to Panamanian nationals and they were being used in the country.

However in the more recent reports the accounts being clones still belong to Panamanians, however now the cards are being used abroad, hampering the investigation and arrests.

Castillo said this is no doubt being done by organized groups, and she urged cardholders to implement extreme security measures when using their cards. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: Make sure no one can get your pin number - cover it with your other hand when making the entry at an ATM machine. Don't let your card out of your sight at a restaurant, for example (don't just give your card to the waiter and let him walk away, because one of the techniques they are doing is cloning the cards in the back room.)

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Lifeless Body Of A Naked Man Found Behind A Push Button

Crime & PunishmentThe lifeless body of a naked man was found by police units in the rear of a push button, located in Nuevo Arraiján, in the district of Arraiján. The body was found in a lonely and dark area. There were several cuts on the body. Early unofficial reports indicate witnesses heard an argument, and then someone left the scene in a car. Police officials activated a search operation to try to find those who were involved in this crime. (Critica)

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Armed Robbery Attempt Backfires When Would Be Victim Returns Fire

Crime & PunishmentTheir plan backfired. Two men who tried to rob a man in the sector of Pavita go the shock of their lives. The incident occurred early this morning when the man was driving through the area, and suddenly two men intercepted him with gun in hand, and they were going to rob him. However the would be victim was also armed. He pulled his weapon and fired against the evildoers, and one of them was hit. Police units that were nearby immediately responded to the scene. The robber who was shot was taken to a medical center, who turned out to be a 16 year old minor. The other robber was arrested. The victim went to lodge a complaint against the wrongdoers. (Dia a Dia)
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Panamanian National Police Add Tasers To Their Crime Fighting Inventory

Crime & PunishmentThe electroshock weapon or "taser" is the new tool of the National Police to implement in criminal cases.

This weapon is designed to deliver an electric shock and immobilize the person for five seconds, long enough for police units to act.

Felipe Cruz, PN commissioner, told Telemetro Reports that the impact of this tool has no permanent effect on the person, besides the immobilization of muscles.

The Community Preventive Police Unit is the first to implement the electroshock weapon. (Mi Diario)

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Man's Body Found Floating In A Creek

Crime & Punishment The body of an unidentified man was found floating in a creek located in Sector 2 of La Primavera en Alcalde Díaz. Authorities estimated the man's age at approximate 30 years. Witnesses said they heard shots last night, and some children found the man's body floating in the creek today when they went out to play. Authorities are investigating the cause and working to identify the perpetrators of this murder. (TVN)
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Three Arrested In Murders of Spanish Businessmen in Colon Province

Crime & PunishmentThree people were arrested for the murder of two Spanish businessmen, one of them of German origin, perpetrated on a rural farm in the province of Colon, on the Caribbean coast, diplomatic sources said.

The victims, identified as José Antonio Perdomo, 57, an entrepreneur from the Canary Islands, and Miguel Undier, 47, with dual German and Spanish nationality, were found on Thursday morning on a rural estate owned by Undier located on the Upper Coast of the province of Colon, to the east of the city with the same name.

Three arrests have already been made in relation to these murders, according to Panamanian authorities and confirmed the ambassador of Spain, Jesus Silva Fernandez, while the investigation continues, and the possibility of new arrests has not been ruled out.

According to local media, apparently the murder occurred days ago, as deduced by the condition of the bodies, found by chance by workers who passed through the farm, located in a secluded community of Juan Gallegos, about two hundred kilometers north of Panama City.

The diplomatic sources said both of the victims can be considered to be from the Canary Islands, as in the case of the German, who had lived all his life in the Spanish archipelago, although during the last fifteen years he came very often to Panama, and in recent times he had practically taken up residence on the farm.

The owner of the farm, located in a jungle area of ​​the Caribbean coast with a very low population density, and where incidents with drug traffickers are common, spent his time working on the farm and taking care of the animals and trees.

Apparently the murders were due to "an incident with poachers," although that is not yet fully confirmed and therefore remains under investigation, the sources added.

"It seems that there had been an incident with poachers, who had entered the farm (...) At one point, it is unclear whether employees of the farm had killed (the hunter's) dogs, because there had already been several incidents with them, and then they (the hunters), in an act of revenge, went there and took the law into their own hands," said the source.

Hours after the discovery of the bodies, the Panamanian Security Minister, Jose Raul Mulino, and Police Director, Julio Molto, called, on Thursday evening, Ambassador Silva Fernandez to inform him of the arrest of three people suspected of be "directly involved" in the crime, sources said.

The Consulate of Spain in Panama has offered support to the families of the victims for the repatriation of the bodies if they so choose.

The businessman José Antonio Perdomo Cebrián, originally from Telde, on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, ran a rural hostel in Ojos de Garza, a town of the municipality, and was married to the former Councilwoman Laly Sanchez of that locality. (Panama America)

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Two Spanish Businessmen Murdered in Colon

Crime & PunishmentA Spanish businessman, identified as Michael Hnrich Untiedt Buchle, 62, and his employee Jose de los Santos Perdomo, 57, both of Spanish origin, were killed in the Upper Coast region of the Colon province.

Upon initiation of investigations into the case, it is assumed that both murders occurred on Wednesday afternoon at the farm owned by Untiedt, in the community of Juan Gallegos, on the Upper Coast of Colon.

The bodies were discovered by workers who went by the place and reported their find to the authorities, who arrived hours later due to the remoteness of the place where the murders occurred.

The victims were outside the house, and had blows and traumas, mostly in the area of the head. It is assumed that the killers used sticks, machetes and possibly even a firearm to kill them.

Investigators from the Department of Criminology of the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences and Public Ministry officials went to the scene to initiate investigations.

Some people said Untiedt was not a very friendly person, but regretted the way they took his life.

It was reported that the Spanish-born millionaire businessman had many properties, farms, and other businesses in Europe.

In the investigations, it was also learned that De los Santos Perdomo had not arrived that long ago, and he worked for the other Spanish citizen.

The authorities indicated that crimes in the province of Colon have increased in recent months. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: A foreigner in a very remote area, millionaire, made his money in Europe and the Canary Islands. Moved to Panama to invest. Pay particular attention to the reports from locals saying he was "not a friendly person." I didn't know him, but chances are he was a hard nosed businessman who chaffed the sensibilities of the people living near him. In any case, increase your security levels. This was a robbery - other reports indicate his house and yacht had been ransacked, and valuables had been stolen.

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Double Homicide On The "Upper Coast" of Colon

Crime & PunishmentA double homicide was reported in the sector of Juan Gallego along the "Upper Coast" of the province of Colon - early reports indicate a foreigner and his employee were found murdered on the beach.

The man, supposedly a Spaniard, was found near a beach area.

Their bodies had stab wounds made with a machete, and they had been beaten.

The authorities are investigating this double murder. (Critica)

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Tourism Authority Boots Desarrollo Golf Coronado, S.A. From Tourism Registry

Crime & PunishmentThe Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) expelled the company Desarrollo Golf Coronado, S.A. from the Tourism Registry, which operates the 115-room hotel Coronado Golf & Beach Club, in the Chame district.

In a resolution dated 7 December 2012, the Director of Development and Tourism Investment of the ATP, Teodolinda Quintero, ordered the cancellation of the registration of the company in the register, has been there since December 2007.

Quintero argued that Desarrollo Golf Coronado, S.A., provided false information in order to obtain the tax benefits set out in Law 8 of 1994, which promotes tourism activities in the country and provides for tax incentives.

The official referred to 3 of the 44 parcels of land the company claimed as theirs in Chame, and that are part of the hotel that do not belong to them.

However, Desarrollo Golf Coronado, S.A. warned the ATP about this error and asked for the necessary correction.

The Company was notified on Monday and has five days to file a motion for reconsideration.

Three weeks ago, the manager of the ATP, Solomon Shamah, filed a criminal complaint against Desarrollo Golf Coronado, S.A., for allegedly forging documents.

This is not the only hurdle the company has faced under the government of Ricardo Martinelli. Thirty-five hotel properties have been seized by order of the Department of Revenue, claiming payment of $3 million for alleged deficiencies in tax returns.

Editor's Comment: I predicted this would happen months ago. In 2007 when Ruben Blades was the Tourism Minister under the administration of Martin Torrijos, they renewed the tourism accreditation for Desarrollo Golf Coronado, S.A., but with a warning. They were told that if they continued with the irregularities they had found, then the company would be booted from the "Tourism Registry" which allows them to claim the tax incentives when operating as a company related to tourism. When the alliance between the Panameñistas and the CD broke up, the La Prensa newspaper and Roberto Eisenmann started attacking Ricardo Martinelli. He sent in the DGI and their auditors, who found the irregularities and applied the $3 million in fines. They then seized properties to make sure they get paid, booted them off of the Tourism Registry, and filed criminal complaints against the company. Politics mixed with business, hardball style.

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Telered Issues A Statement In Response To Rash Of Card Cloning

Crime & PunishmentThe Panamanian company TELERED S.A. that operates the Clave System in Panama, reported that it has not been violated, and that the cases of the alleged cloning of debit cards are the result of attacks by international crime syndicates, and those cases are being investigated by the competent authorities.

A company statement said "the platform of the Clave system is robust, reliable and kept up to date on the best practices of security to safeguard cardholder interests."

The company said they are investing in advanced technologies to enhance the necessary measures, to combat cyber crime and to protect the safety of users when withdrawing cash at ATMs and when making purchases in stores.

TELERED S.A. cited a list of recommendations to cardholders, such as carefully selecting the cashier, to verify the status of the cashier before operating, don't loan or give the card to anyone, and not reveal the PIN number. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: There has been a rash of "cloning" going on in Panama lately, with millions of dollars being stolen by a band of criminals.

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On The Trail Of A Murderer in Chiriqui

Crime & PunishmentThe First Superior Prosecutor, Luis Martinez confirmed that in the coming hours they will catch the person or persons responsible for the murder of 76 year old Otilia Aizprúa de González, who was killed in her house in the neighborhood of El Retorno, in the city of David, province of Chiriquí.

"During the day we will send the medical examiner to determine the exact cause of death of the woman who was found dead at her home," said prosecutor Martinez.

He added it is only a question of time before they catch the person who took her life, said the prosecutor of the province of Chiriqui.

The woman was found with her hands tied and gagged inside one of the bedrooms of her residence.

The murder was discovered by family members and reported to the authorities, on 8 December 2012, when a daughter of the now deceased woman called her mother on the phone to congratulate her on Mother's Day, and when she did not answer, she asked her son to stop by the house of his grandmother.

Upon arriving at the residence he called for his grandmother, but when she did not answer he contacted his mother, and they subsequently entered the residence where they found the tragic scene.

The procedure for the removal of the body was conducted by the prosecutor Martinez, who leads the investigation. (Critica)

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Hooded Goons Enter The Estate of Darío Fernández

Crime & PunishmentTwo masked subjects entered the grounds of the estate belonging to the family of the late former governor of Cocle, Darío Fernández. The individuals only gagged the guard in one of the bathrooms, and they told him "not to worry because they only steal from the rich." The strange thing is that nothing was taken from the place, they only "opened four holes" in the pathway that leads towards at "rancho" on the property. Members of the National Police stepped up security in the area. This event occurs just 11 days after those who are accused in the murder of Darío Fernández were called to trial. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: In the article they used the expression "abrieron huecos" - which literally means they "opened holes." That could mean they broke holes in a wall, as if they were looking for something hidden in a wall. Or, it could mean they dug holes in the ground, as if they were trying to dig something up that they thought was hidden there. The murder of Darío Fernández is tied to the case being covered by the La Estrella newspaper, about how the theft of land was an inside job conduced by corrupt former officials within the Public Registry. There's a whole lot more to this than what meets the eye. This band of crooks stole land worth millions, and they have already demonstrated they are willing to kill people (like Darío Fernández) to shut them up.

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It's Been Confirmed - The Body Found Yesterday in Chiriqui Was Missing College Student

Crime & PunishmentThe authorities of the Judicial Morgue of David in the province of Chiriqui confirmed that the body found yesterday in Bágala de Boquerón is that of the 18 year old college student Aira Isabel Guerra, who disappeared last Friday.

Guerra was last seen in the parking lot of a supermarket in the city of David in Chiriqui.

Earlier, Aira's relatives used chairs to block the doors of the of morgue in David and placed as human shields, annoyed, because the authorities had not allowed them to see the body of the woman whose body was found on Monday in Boquerón.

Similarly, relatives of another woman who has been missing since last September also went to the the morgue. The second woman is Verónica Arcia Cerceno, who disappeared from Concepción Bugaba. The authorities ruled out that the body found was Veronica. (TVN)

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Authorities Find The Body Of A Young Woman in Chiriqui

Crime & PunishmentWhile family and friends continue to look for 18 year old Aira Isabel Guerra who has been missing since last Friday, today the authorities found the lifeless body of a young woman who has not yet been identified.

The First Superior Prosecutor Luis Martinez is at the scene, who is working to determine if the general characteristics of the missing girl coincide with those of the person who was found.

The body was found on the side of the main road leading from the community Boquerón, in the province of Chiriquí, where there is a teak plantation.

On Sunday, after a day of searching, friends, family and acquaintances went through the grasslands in the area of ​​San Carlitos, in David, where they found where part of Aira's belongings had been dumped, such as her identity card, wallet, and some clothing.

It was learned that so far one person remains under investigation, who has been identified as the girl's boyfriend. (Panama America)

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Prosecutor Has Confidence In The Evidence That's Been Collected

Crime & PunishmentThe assassination of the political leader and former governor Darío Fernández Jaén has become the first challenge of the brand new accusatory penal system in Cocle.

During the twelve months of the investigation, the prosecution has arrested eight people. Joel Guerra, as the material author. Miguel Ángel Arner, Deyshi Iveth Quirós Natal, Julian Nouvet Conte and Carlos Emilio Bárcenas as accomplices. The last person arrested was the lawyer Mayra Hall Conte. Cristóbal Jiménez and Gamal Gamet Gordón have been granted preventative measures other than jail, while awaiting trial.

The motive for the murder has to do with a dispute over fraudulent land titling, a situation that was publicly denounced by Fernandez.

The case is a challenge to the authorities of the Public Ministry. Is the first to be resolved within the parameters of the new accusatory judicial system. Roberto Moreno, the prosecutor who has investigated the murder of Fernandez over the past twelve months, says he has sufficient evidence to go to trial, if not against all eight suspects, most of them.

There are emails and triangulated phone calls, one of them a few minutes before Dario was killed. Search warrants have been issued and executed on the homes of the suspects. Similarly, there was a visual inspection of the Notary Fourth of Panama, where they found the scriptures related to the several parcels of land mentioned in the case record.

There have been death threats against a protected witness, so the prosecutor asked to take his sworn statement in the presence of a judge to give validity to his statements, so that they can be taken into account as evidence of proof. An official who works at the Notary's office has also been questioned. Defense lawyers have filed a charge against the prosecutor.

One person is still a fugitive. Ricardo Martínez Quirós, who has been identified as the alleged mastermind. An arrest warrant against him has been coordinated with INTERPOL. Martínez Quirós is a party delegate, and a member of the National Directorate of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD). There are several complaints against him in the office Fourteenth Prosecutor of the Criminal Circuit for the allegedly fraudulent acquisition of land, in which the same people are involved as those who are accused in the murder of Fernández.

According to sources from the prosecution, the suspect has left Panama. His last immigration record record reports a trip to Venezuela.

The only thing left to be done is for the judge in the case to set a date for the interim hearings, where the prosecutor will sustain his indictment, and then set the day for the trial, which must be in early 2013. If for those days Martínez has not yet been captured, then he will be tried separately in an individual trial. (Estrella)

Editor's Comment: This is a massively important case. To put things in perspective, a journalist was assassinated because he was investigating and reporting on these fraudulent land deals. Members of the English speaking community of expatriates in Panama have been victimized by this group - in one case a parcel of land worth $1.5 million dollars was stolen, and the victim was forced to leave the country after having received death threats.

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Man Escapes Kidnappers Who Were Going To Bury Him Alive

Crime & PunishmentA man was saved from being buried alive, by escaping from his captors in the Barriada Dos Mil de Burunga in the Western part of the province of Panama.

He spent more than 24 hours and deprived of his liberty and showed signs of torture, but then was rescued by the police from Arraiján, who took him to the Santo Tomas hospital in Panama City.

He received medical attention, while the anti-kidnapping units investigate this case. (TVN)

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Security Guard Shot By Guys Who Were Trying To Steal His Weapon

Crime & PunishmentVincent James was shot in the head when two men attacked him to steal the gun he was carrying. The incident occurred in the Nuevo Colon neighborhood of Sabanitas, Colon province. The watchman, who was guarding a delivery truck for a company that sells dairy products, faced the subjects to keep them from taking his weapon. In the fight, James was able to use his gun and wounded one of the offenders in the leg and in the cheek.

The security guard was immediately transferred to the health clinic in Sabanitas to be stabilized, and from there was sent to the Hospital Manuel Amador Guerrero. The man wounded by the security guard was also was taken to hospital. Hours later, Vincent was sent to the Santo Tomas hospital in Panama City.

The authorities began investigating the case to find the attackers rest of the attackers. Vincent remains in serious condition at the Santo Tomas hospital. (Siglo)

Editor's Comment: If you own a firearm, keep it a secret, as much as possible. Obviously the bad guys will attack you if they think they can steal your weapon - if they know you have it. These cases of "security guard shot by guys who were trying to steal his gun" happen a few times every year.

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An Argument Escalates - Leaves One Stabbed To Death And The Other In Prison

Crime & PunishmentA quarrel between two street vendors in the vicinity of the Plaza 5 de Mayo, in the township of Santa Ana, left as a result one of them killed after receiving a stab wound in the left breast. The violent scene was reported at about 8:30 am today, in front of the former Museum of the Panamanian Man, located in the same square. The victim, Ruben Munoz, who was in a pool of blood, was taken in a police patrol car to the emergency room of the Santo Tomas hospital, but the man died as a result of the deep stab wound. Meanwhile, the police arrested the suspect, and located the weapon used in the killing.

Both the victim and the aggressor sold candy around the historic Plaza 5 de Mayo, and the whole event took place in front of dozens of people who were waiting for transportation. At the site of the events the only thing left at the place was the candy of the now deceased, and two blood stains on the floor of the sidewalk where he fell, after he was stabbed. The Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) verifies the information that the two men had known one another for years.

Motive - Supposedly one of them winked at a girl who was walking by the place, a situation that was apparently frowned upon by the other. Then began an argument and one of them produced a blunt object (a broom handle), which was used by the victim to attack his assailant, who took the knife and plunged it into the man who was his friend.

Values - Practicing tolerance can prevent fatalities and the outcome of unfortunate situations. Given the hectic routine of most citizens, the practice of values should not be left out. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: Wow. One guy winked at a girl. There was an argument. One produces a stick, the other a knife. Now one is dead and the other is in prison. Yeah, sure. That makes sense.

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