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Would-Be Crooks Wearing Police Uniform

Crime & PunishmentThe National Police dismantled a band composed of five subjects, who were in a car parked in El Dorado. One of the offenders was wearing a uniform of the National Police, which drew the attention of a police patrol in the area. This band was in a green sedan from La Cabima, where additionally they were detected to be in possession of two 38 caliber weapons, a 9 mm, tools, and a toy gun. Apparently, the crooks were planning to rob a store at the El Dorado mall. (Critica)
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Family Of Four Missing in Panama City

Crime & PunishmentThe National Police still has no clue as to the whereabouts of the Linares Álvarez family, who are originally from Cuba. The Panamanian security entity reported that they do not know if the missing people have relatives in the country. According to a relative of the missing family who contacted El Siglo, Nivalo Linares Pérez is an epidemiologist and was sent to Panama with his wife and two children, both minors, for three months, by the Centers for Disease Control for Central America, which provided a home for him and his family. Nivalo's wife Sayli Álvarez Díaz is a nephrologist. Linares was one of the CDC experts who came to Panama in May 2009 to address the issue of the H1N1 influenza virus.

Family Members Talk - Yamil Perez, a nephew of Linares, reported that the missing people do not have any relatives in Panama, and their relatives are in Miami and Cuba. The missing persons correspond to the names of Nivaldo Linares Pérez who was born in Cuba but naturalized as a Mexican, who is 47 years old. His wife Sayli Álvarez Díaz is 43. They have two sons who are also missing, Alvaro (age 16) and Adrián Linares Álvarez (9). Their relatives are desperate, because they do not have knowledge of the whereabouts of these four people. The missing persons report was made by a family acquaintance on Thursday morning.

According to information from the National Police, they are not aware of any routine followed by the missing people, hindering further investigations. However, it was learned that the Linares Pérez family resided in the area of ​​Federico Boyd.

The source reported that police detectives have not yet contacted the representatives of the place where Nivaldo works. 'We are making every effort to locate these people, depleting resources," the source said. This media (El Siglo) tried to locate the CDC offices in Panama, but could not find them. To provide more information about the foreigners, the Panamanian authorities have provided the following numbers: 6070-8543, 511-9339, 511-9331 and 270-2006. (Siglo)

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Former Representative Murdered in David, Chiriquí

Crime & PunishmentThe former Representative of San Pablo Nuevo, and current Chief of the Department of Cleanliness of the Municipality of David, Chiriqui - Alejandro Sanchez, 60, was killed. His body, wrapped in a red carpet, was abandoned at the edge of a street in the community of Cañas Blancas, in the district of David, in Chiriquí. The victim was wearing green shorts, and his head was covered with a bloodstained sheet. (Critica)

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Rogelio Cruz Insists On His Innocence (Lawyer - Cell Phone Smuggling Case)

Crime & PunishmentThe lawyer Rogelio Cruz, who is defending the high profile detainee identified as Fermin Antonio Taveras Ramirez, who is allegedly the second suspect in the kidnapping and murder of five young people in La Chorrera, insisted he did not violate any rules in the jail of the National Police based in Ancon when he visited his client, and giving him a wristwatch with an integrated cell phone that had been sent by a relative.

After this case came to light in the news media, Cruz said he was unaware that the watch had an integrated cell phone, and he said on the channel 13 Telemetro news broadcast that those who committed an inappropriate action were the officers of the National Police, who are working in the jail where Taveras is being held. Cruz said the attitude of the police officers was arbitrary.

Before the accusations against him, Cruz said he is willing to face justice, and that likewise, he expects the "National Police criminals" to do the same. The lawyer reiterated that the conversation between him and his client, recorded during the visit in the Ancon prison is private, so that after the dissemination of the video through YouTube, he would proceed legally, not only in his name, but also on behalf of the detainee.

In this regard, Cruz said the legal process in this case will provide the opportunity to hear what the Attorney General Jose Ayu Prado thinks, because it was a crime committed by the National Police. (Estrella)

Editor's Comment: Amazing. Here this guy is caught red handed on video tape, smuggling a cell phone to a serial killer in prison. But yet he has the balls to proclaim a degree of "plausible deniability" in saying that he didn't know the watch was also a cell phone. And, the right to privacy was violated with the video tape. And, he's going to be the one pressing charges. Bullshit. He was flat out caught red handed. Of course, with his ingrained attitude of a criminal defense attorney, he's going to try to defend himself legally, as is his right. He spends all of his time trying to obtain acquittals for guilty parties - and apparently the only difference this time is that he will be defending himself.

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Assistant To PRD Deputy Micky Alemán Being Investigated

Crime & PunishmentLast night word started to spread via the social networks that the assistant to the National Assembly Deputy from the PRD political party Micky Alemán had been arrested in the area of the Jardines de Sevilla. The authorities allegedly seized weapons, packages containing drugs, ammunition, and $20,380 dollars in cash from his residence. Deputy Alemán, in an interview with this newspaper (Mi Diario), said his assistant didn't have anything to do with the seizure, and that a close relative was trying to tie him to it, and that she alone is being investigated because a weapon was found in her house. "My assistant has not been arrested, he is being investigated by the authorities to render statements after a firearm was found in his residence," he said. (Mi Diario)

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Nine Murders In Three Days

Crime & PunishmentThere were nine murders in Panama between Saturday night and Monday. Intoshine Mc Henry Edmund, 28, was shot five times in the huts located near the Hipo-Remon. The killer wore a shirt of the Real Madrid soccer team, with the name Cristiano Ronaldo. In addition, Jorge Cuevas del Carmen Castillo, 20, alias "Ninon", was killed with two shots in Sector No. 5 of Samaria.

Security Guard Murdered - Meanwhile, last night two men shot the security officer Gregorio Quintero, 30, in the head, in the Zhen convenience store, located in Las Lomas de La Chorrera. Although the guard had his hands raised, one of the gunmen shot him to steal his gun and then they fled in a red van.

Vendor Killed - Meanwhile, the seller of cigarettes Dani Omar Gonzalez Santamaria was killed by a shot in the head by a minor under 17 years of age, near the National Assembly. The other homicides occurred in Arraiján (2), Caminos de Omar (1), Capira (1), and Calidonia (1). (Critica)

Editor's Comment: International organizations compare the "murder rate per capita" - and on that scale the situation in Panama has been improving in recent years. It was 21.6 per 100,000 people and now it's down to 13.5 - a significant change. However with nine murders in three days, it feels like a shooting gallery.

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Foreigner Assassinated in Pacora

Crime & PunishmentThe Dominican Ramón Danilo Alfonso Bareck, 49, was killed with two shots, by three men, two of whom have been arrested, amid an alleged attempted assault on Saturday night. The incident occurred in the vicinity of a convenience store located in the community of Camino de Oman, in the village of Pacora. The foreigner was jumped by the three unknown men after he got out of a BMW with his son. The murderers left a sedan vehicle and went directly against the victim, who was carrying a 380 pistol caliber, which he was unable to use to defend himself. (Critica)



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Two Women Escape Prison - By Walking Out Through The Front Door...

Crime & Punishment The Public Ministry has opened an investigation to determine the possible complicity of prison guards at the Women's Rehabilitation Center, in the escape of the Colombian Blanca Donado Solano and Ibet Ortiz Giraldo, who escaped last Friday. The director of the prison system, Angel Calderon, confirmed he filed a complaint with the Public Ministry asking them to establish responsibilities in the escape of the two women, which occurred during a recreational activity. Blanca Estela Donado was serving a 30 year prison sentence for the murder of the lawyer Juan Carlos Dudley, occurred in 1997, while Ibet Yamily Ortiz Giraldo had been sentenced to 40 months in prison for economic crimes against property. Sources close to the investigation say the two women left the prison by walking out through the front door, without being stopped by the prison guards. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: There's no doubt about it, the prisons in Panama are centers of official corruption. The prisoners want things they are not supposed to have (such as cell phones, drugs, weapons) and they are willing to pay big bucks in order to get them. The guards themselves are the ones who take the bribes to allow the contraband to be smuggled in. And, there have been many cases in the past similar to this one, in which the prisoners basically just walk out through the front door. Maybe the prison guards would stop being so corrupt, if they were all arrested and put inside of the prison with the people they are supposed to be guarding. Angel Calderon should make cleaning up the corruption in the prison system a priority.

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Panamanian SENAFRONT Sergeant Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison For Raping A Minor in Costa Rica

Crime & PunishmentThe Costa Rican judges Yarmila Ulate, Vinicio Castillo and Eladio Sanchez sentenced a Sergeant in the Panamanian National Border Service to 14 years in prison yesterday, for the sexual abuse of a 13 year old Costa Rican national (boy). The prosecutor of Flagrancia de Corredores of Costa Rica, Tony Vargas, had asked the judges to sentence the Sergeant to 27 years in prison, but the judges felt that the sentence should be 14 years. Yesterday, Monday, the trial against the SENAFRONT official continued, who was allegedly caught in the act of committing the abuse against the child.

The trial began last Friday but was suspended after a reconstruction of events, attended by members of the security forces Isidro Villegas and Victor Sanchez, who arrested the accused on Sunday 16 September 2012, as he allegedly abused the child, who also attended and gave his version of events.

DENIES ALLEGATIONS - The Panamanian named Ortiz, said the prosecutor's accusation is false and nothing of which he is accused is true. The Sergeant has been fired from the SENAFRONT. He said on that day he was in Paso Canoas with his mother, and they were going to buy building materials, but they did not make the purchase and his mother left. He added that the boy came to ask him for some money and at first he refused, however later he gave him a one dollar bill. According to the Criminal Court of Costa Rica, it was proven that the Panamanian Ortiz committed the crime of rape and one of bribery in the mode of corrupting. (Siglo)

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Daniel Moreno - On Trial Yesterday For The Murder Of American Citizen Denise Hiller

Crime & Punishment By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I spent all day yesterday at the Supreme Court building, waiting to testify before the Second Superior Tribunal in the trial of Daniel Moreno, for the murder of the American citizen Denise Hiller. Denise Hiller was found dead in her apartment at 10:30 am on Friday morning, 19 February 2010. The detectives from the Department of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) of the National Police, acting in conjunction with the prosecutors of the public ministry, and in response to information provided by Denise's family members, arrested her boyfriend the Panamanian Daniel Moreno the following Monday, 22 February 2010, at his home in Arraijan. He was charged with her murder, and he's been in prison awaiting trial. His trial started yesterday.

Denise Hiller was an American citizen who moved to Panama from the United States in late 2009 as a contractor to work on the project to expand the Panama Canal. Upon arrival in Panama she stayed at the Marriott hotel in Panama City, and that's where she first met Daniel Moreno who was working in the Champions Sports Bar as a bartender. Denise eventually rented an apartment on the 5th floor of the "Torre del Parque" apartment building in Paitilla. She was engaged in an ongoing romantic relationship with Daniel Moreno that continued even after she moved out of the hotel and into her apartment. Eventually Moreno was fired from his bar-tending job at the Marriott for fraternizing with customers - namely, Denise.

To make a long story short, Denise remained in very close contact with a family member who was in the United States. Denise and this relative exchanged many electronic messages every day via Blackberry. This relative knew practically every detail regarding Denise's life, including her love life and her ongoing relationship with Daniel Moreno. On the night Denise Hiller was killed, she was expecting Daniel to come to her apartment for a romantic encounter. The content of the text messages exchanged between Denise and her relative made it clear that Denise was going to be seeing Daniel that night in her apartment. When Denise was found in her apartment dead the next morning, her family members quickly sent those details to me. The family members had seen my reporting on Denise's death, picked up from local Panamanian media outlets. I forwarded the details about Denise's relationship with Daniel Moreno to the DIJ, and the detectives and prosecutors used the information to find and arrest Daniel Moreno that same day. Then a few days later Denise's relative flew down to Panama to verify, validate, and expand the information she had provided to me, and which I had handed over to the DIJ days earlier as a sort of relay, on Monday of that week.

I spent about an hour on the witness stand yesterday afternoon. Moreno's defense lawyer spent most of his time trying to poke holes in my testimony. His efforts were not very successful, because I was not the source of the information - it all came from the victim's relative who was aware of the intimate details of her life. All I did was pass that information to he DIJ and prosecutors. Luckily I had documented everything very well, kept notes, and provided copies of all of the emails I had received, in chronological order. About five or six times the prosecutor interrupted the defense lawyer and complained that he was trying to badger the witness (me), and the judge ordered him to move on. I didn't get excited or flustered, and just calmly answered his questions. In short, I had done nothing wrong so I had nothing to fear. Every time the defense lawyer tried to twist my words or back me into a corner or something (which he tried several times) I would just say - no, that's not what I said, allow me to explain - and then I told the truth about what happened, when, why, and how.

Anyway, Daniel Moreno is facing trial for the murder of Denise Hiller. I don't know if they finished up yesterday or not. Once I was excused from the stand, I left. I will follow up later to get the results of the trial.

Related Articles:

  • Flash - American Expat Denise Hiller - Found Dead in Paitilla - 19 Feb 2010

  • Update on the Murder of Denise Mullen Hiller - 19 Feb 2010

  • Denise Mullen Hiller Investigation Continues - 20 Feb 2010

  • Denise Mullen Hiller Found Dead in Panama Apartment - 20 Feb 2010

  • Investigating the Death of Denise Mullen Hiller in Panama - 20 Feb 2010

  • Suspect Arrested in Brutal Murder of American Denise Mullen Hiller in Panama - 23 Feb 2010

  • Daniel Moreno Melendez Charged With Murder of Denise Mullen Hiller in Panama - 26 Feb 2010

  • Blood Found in Denise Mullen Hiller Murder Suspect's Car - 5 March 2010

    Copyright 2012 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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    40 Year Old Flag Football Coach (US Citizen) Arrested For Statutory Rape Of 13 Year Old Girl

    Crime & Punishment By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Detectives from the specialized Sex Crimes unit of the Department of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) of the National Police, in conjunction with officials from the office of the Auxiliary Prosecutor of the Public Ministry, arrested 40 year old Luis Carlos "Luiggi" Donahoue Ortiz in Panama City this afternoon. Acting in response to an arrest warrant issued by prosecutors, "Luiggi" Donahoue was arrested at his father's house located in Balboa, in the former Panama Canal Zone. Prosecutors charged Donahoue with the statutory rape of a 13 year old girl. The girl is a student at the Las Esclavas private school located on the former Fort Clayton in Panama City, near the Embassy of the United States.

    Luis Carlos Donahoue Ortiz - who commonly uses the alias "Luiggi" - is one of the coaches of the girl's flag football team for the Las Esclavas school, and the victim was a member of the flag football team he coached. According to the complaint - to which Panama-Guide.com has had access - "Luiggi" Donahoue offered to drive the victim home in his car after a team practice earlier this year. He then enticed her to have sex with him in her room. At the time her parents did not know what had happened, and the victim was afraid to say anything because she didn't want to get kicked off of the team. Her grades suddenly dropped, and her concerned parents began to investigate. They discovered electronic text messaging activity between "Luiggi" Donahoue and their daughter via Facebook. When they confronted her, she told them the details of what had happened. (more)

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    Robbery, Vigilante Chase Scene, Throwing Money Out Of The Windows - This One Has It All...

    Crime & Punishment Three armed juvenile suspects robbed $6,000 on Saturday from the company ICA, at the time that the administration was paying its employees. The assailants arrived at the scene in a taxi and quickly fled after committing the crime. However, the workers called the National Police, but also decided they themselves to pursue the attackers. It was reported some of the employees threw stones into the taxi, breaking the windows, and during the chase the robbers threw money out of the windows of their getaway vehicle, which passers by collected. The assailants were finally cornered and captured by the police in a vacant lot in Paitilla, but it is suspected that a fourth subject managed to escape. Police said part of the stolen money was found in the taxi. In the vacant lot, police found a 9mm gun, which was used by the suspected assailants. (TVN)

    Editor's Comment: An armed robbery, the employees give chase, smash in the windows with rocks, the robbers toss cash into the street, passers by get a quick bonus, the cops corner the bad guys, and one dude gets away. Fit for a Hollywood movie chase scene. The only thing missing is Daisy Duke...

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    Armed Robbery At Metro Pharmacy Nets $12,000

    Crime & Punishment$12,000 was the amount of money stolen from the Metro pharmacy in Villa Lucre this morning. A subject with a weapon in hand threatened the employees and forced them to give him the money. Two months ago the same business was hit by robbers. So far no one has been arrested. (Dia a Dia)

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    Suspect Arrested In Rape of 9 Year Old Girl in Bocas del Toro

    Crime & PunishmentAn adult subject was arrested by the Prosecutor's Office and the National Police early yesterday morning, Wednesday, suspected of the rape of a nine year old girl on 13 September in the village of Almirante, Bocas del Toro province. José Manuel Ortega, The Chief of the Police Zone in the province, said the evidence is overwhelming and the subject is linked to rapes that occurred years ago. He said it is possible the same suspect might also be involved in the case of the girl who ws found dead inside a black bag under the bridge on the Oeste Arriba river in Almirante, on 20 September. He reported that the security sectors and detectives are working day and night to bring the evildoers to justice, and to restore calm to the people of Bocas del Toro. (Critica)

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    Gunned Down On A Bicycle in El Tecal, Arraiján

    Crime & PunishmentA man riding his bicycle was killed by several gunshots in the neighborhood of El Tecal, in the district of Arraiján, at about 9:30 pm yesterday, Monday. Unofficial information indicates the killers got out of a car, fatally shooting the victim. It was learned the victim did not live in the area. The National Police activated an operation to try to locate the executioners, but they were not captured. (Critica)

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    Four Arrested As "Hitmen For Hire" In Bocas del Toro

    Crime & PunishmentFour suspected assassins were captured early yesterday, Sunday 23 September in Changuinola, Bocas del Toro province. Some of them confessed to their involvement in the murder of the Customs official, Virgilio Abrego, 32, whose funeral was taking place, by chance, just as his killers were being captured. Roberto De Arco, the Prosecutor of Bocas del Toro, said his is a case of murder for hire. According to De Arco, they were sent to kill the Customs officer to settle an account, but he did not specify the reason.

    He added this case was solved but there are still two more people who they have to capture, in his case, from the point of view of the evidence, is solved. When asked if those who were arrested could have been involved in other cases, he said that "we must continue to investigate."

    Regarding the case of the nine year old girl who was found dead in a bag under a bridge on the Oeste Arriba in Almirente, he said the investigations were continuing.

    The two high-profile cases came just six days apart. Virgil Abrego was murdered at approximately 7:30 pm on Wednesday, September 12 when he was sitting a few steps from the door of his house in Finca 24, Changuinola. While the disappearance of 9 year old girl, who was in the second grade at the public school in Almirante, was reported by her mother at approximately 1:30 pm, on Tuesday 18 September, however, it was not until last Thursday when her body was found dead inside a black plastic bag. The girl had been raped and beaten, according to the forensic examination. (TVN)

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    MEF Will Sell Noriega's Former House in Altos del Golf

    Crime & PunishmentAfter three unsuccessful attempts to sell the properties at auction, the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) has decided to sell, directly, the two mansions owned by the former military dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega located in the Altos del Golf neighborhood, village of San Francisco, in the capital district. With this measure, the MEF retracts the decision adopted in August 2011 to discontinue the sale, after President Ricardo Martinelli announced his desire to build a park at the site.

    In this regard, the Division of Development and Sale of Assets of the MEF, said they have not received any formal instructions (from the Presidency) therefore they are promoting the sale of the properties, through the special (direct) procedure, which is what applies after three attempts at auction have been declared invalid for a lack of interested buyers.

    The office also revealed that of the twelve properties confiscated from Noriega in 1990 that are now owned by the State, two have already been sold. These are number 13149, in the province of Chiriqui, for the amount of $27,225.25, and number 73511, located in Panama, at a price of $43,375.

    On the rest of the assets, they said some are in the process of verifying the surveys, measurements, and boundaries, for the approval of the plans, and others are not in the process of being sold because they have only gone to auction once.

    There is one exceptional case, that of farm number 5476 in Chiriqui, where the state owns only 20% of the property. In this situation, the process is to sell this share, which represents 279 square meters, to the other four owners who hold the remaining 80%.

    Julio Berrios, the Noriega family lawyer, reiterated that the decision of the Fourth Municipal Criminal Court of Panama issued in 1996, which ordered the confiscation of all property from Noriega, should not be, because most of these properties were owned by his client's grandmother, wife and siblings. "They are not ill-gotten gains, as they say in court, nor are they the product of unlawful acts," he said.

    Other Objects - As for the collections of works of art, coins, and jewelry owned by the former strongman of Panama, it was learned through the Direction of National Heritage of the National Institute of Culture (INAC) that the paintings are in the Juan Manuel Cedeño art gallery, located in Las Bóvedas, Plaza de Francia. There they have an inventory of the public institutions where other works of art lie, on loan, which are being used to decorate their offices.

    However, not all of the paintings that were seized at Noriega's La Escondida estate in Chiriquí, and from Noriega's house in Altos del Golf are in the gallery, especially those painted by famous painters such as the Spaniard Francisco de Goya.

    On the collection of coins and jewelry, they became part of the Gold Collection of Historic Patrimony, and are stored in the a local bank vault. There are gold "huacas" and dolls that also lie in this vault.

    It is noteworthy that the Second Anticorruption Prosecutor asked the Second Criminal Court to investigate the loss of the painting "San Jose", also from Noriega's collection, which disappeared from INAC warehouse located in the Parque Omar, from where the bronze “Juegos de Antaño” statues were also stolen.

    Despite the many legal applications and resources that have submitted by Noriega's relatives against the ruling of the Fourth Municipal Court, they have not been able to recover these assets. (Panama America)

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    Woken Up By A Dying Man On The Lawn

    Crime & PunishmentA unidentified man died during the early morning hours today in the area of Sector C of Villa Guadalupe, in Cativá, District of Colon. The body was covered with blood, and according to early reports, the person had only been living in the area in a rented home for two months, so no one knew him yet. The first moment of the finding came when the owners of the lawn where the man ended up, at 4:00 am, heard a cry for help from a dying person, and they informed the National Police. When authorities arrived and the man had died. (Mi Diario)
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    Three Arrested After Drive By Robbery

    Crime & PunishmentThree subjects, including two teenagers, were arrested on Thursday by police in the area of ​​Los Andes, San Miguelito, after they robbed a man from a moving car. Police seized a 9 mm pistol with 12 rounds of ammunition and three cell phones from the suspects. (Siglo)
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    Suspect Being Questioned In Murder and Rape Of 9 Year Old Girl in Bocas del Toro

    Crime & PunishmentThe authorities have the driver of a yellow pick-up taxi under investigation, in the case of the murder of a nine year old girl, whose body was thrown from a bridge in a black plastic bag into the Oeste Arriba river, in Almirante, Bocas del Toro. The suspect was questioned, and his car was inspected by Criminology experts. The man is thin with grey hair, as described by a child who said he watched the man who threw the bag containing the girl's remains into the river.

    The girl had been beaten up and raped before she was killed, a source revealed. The mother of the girl, who was a student at the school of Almirante, was crying uncontrollably. Cipriana Quintero, the girl's grandmother, said he went to identify the body of the girl that was found in the river, and indeed it was her granddaughter.

    This is not the only case of rape. Seven days ago another 9 year old girl was beaten and raped. (Critica)

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    Panamanian Border Services Officer Arrested in Costa Rica For Sexual Abuse Of A Minor

    Crime & PunishmentThe deputy director of the State Border Service (SENAFRONT), Cristian Hayer, confirmed this morning that the person arrested in Costa Rica for being allegedly linked to a case of sexual abuse, is a sergeant of this security establishment.

    The Border Service officer has 20 years of service in the institution, and he said if the crime of sexual abuse against a minor who is less than 13 years old is proven, he will be fired.

    SENAFRONT authorities and the security forces of Costa Rica held a disciplinary process in the investigations being carried out to determine what happened.

    The incident occurred on Sunday February 16, near the campus of the Paso Canoas school in the district of Cantón de Corredores, province of Punta Arenas, in the border area of Costa Rica, when the 41 year old Border Service officer allegedly forced a 13 year old minor to perform oral sex. (Panama America)

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    Body of 9 Year Old Girl Found - Thrown In A River

    Crime & PunishmentA 9 year old girl was murdered, and her killer placed her body in a black plastic bag and and threw if from the top of a bridge, on the banks of the Oeste Arriba river, in Almirante, Bocas del Toro.

    A boy who was fishing at noon saw a thin subject with grey hair who got out of a yellow taxi pickup truck with a double cab, who threw the bag containing the body.

    It is suspected the victim could be a second grade student from the school at Almirante, who disappeared on Tuesday, after she left her home located in the neighborhood of Guaymí.

    On September 13, another girl of the same age also disappeared who was found the next day near the community of Ojo de Agua, in Almirante. The girl had been raped and beaten. (Critica)

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    Bocas del Toro - An Open Province

    Crime & PunishmentWith the recent killing of Virgilio Abrego, a Customs officer who was killed and whose murderers have not been captured, comes the memory of the 55 year old retired teacher Ernesto Jované, who was also brutally killed with machetes in the district of Changuinola. These facts, together with the disappearance of the American tourist Yvonne Lee Baldelli, 42, in November 2011, and the vicious crimes of the American William Dathan Holbert (Wild Bill) bring one to conclude that Bocas del Toro, as a province of open tourism, is also an open door through which both native and international crime can enter.

    The Murder Of The Customs Agent - According to Roberto De Arco, the Superior Prosecutor of the Third Judicial District, the investigations have shown that people from the area participated in the murder of Abrego with the collaboration of others people from other sectors.

    Although De Arco was sparse in order to reserve the summary of the case, a source close to the investigation revealed an alleged settling of accounts, because almost two years ago Customs officers managed to locate heavy equipment containing a large quantity of drugs they intended to move to Costa Rica. However, the officials did not report this seizure, and both the machinery and the drugs disappeared. The sources added that the owners of these machines had been approaching the officials involved in this event and had been threatening to execute them.

    Regarding the case of the tourist Baldelli, in early August, De Arco met with agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from the United States to share information about her disappearance. De Arco denied that she had gone to Costa Rica.

    Reinforcements - After visiting Changuinola to extend her condolences to Abrego's relatives, Customs Director Gloria Moreno de Lopez promised to send reinforcements to improve the security of the institution that employs more than 50 staff.

    De Lopez believes Bocas del Toro is being used by drug cartels as route to European countries, which is why they will increase surveillance at the shipment and border posts in the province.

    To date, in Bocas del Toro two murders have been committed, both in the district of Changuinola, six suicides and five armed robberies, police said. On 26 June, the Naval Air Service seized nearly two tons of cocaine from the banks of the Tondrí River, which was destined for Central America.

    Immigration - The National Immigration Service, Customs, and Agricultural Quarantine have an office that is simple and uncomfortable, with little policing. The Director of the National Immigration Service Javier Carrillo said he plans to appoint more officials, but noted that the issue of the admission of foreigners across the border is somewhat complex. Any tourist, he said, can leave Panama for two days and then return to Panama and re-enter to stay as a tourist, as long as they don't have any cases pending against them in any country.

    For Guabito Representative, Antonio Wedenbourne, the tourists enter our country just by presenting their documents, without any thorough investigation of the individual, no search of their luggage, so it is a very fragile border outpost.

    More Police - Meanwhile, the head of the State Border Service, Frank Abrego, expressed his intention to increase troop strength to improve surveillance in Changuinola. Abrego added that he plans to build a police station in the village of Las Tablas, one of the most contentious. (Prensa)

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    Prisoner On Hunger Strike Taken To Santo Tomas Hospital

    Crime & PunishmentOnce again, the only person who has been arrested in the case of mass poisoning with diethylene glycol, Angel de la Cruz, was taken to the Santo Tomas hospital in Panama City, with symptoms of dehydration due to the hunger strike he undertook 13 days ago. Angel Alejandro de la Cruz, the son of the detainee, said his father's weight loss and pallor are noticeable. He calls upon the authorities to be more aware, and to listen his father's demands. El Siglo tried to obtain the version of the Supreme Court of Justice on the case of De la Cruz, through the institution's spokeswoman, Mariela Fuentes, but the calls and messages were not returned. (Siglo)

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    Beating Victim - Police Brutality - Files Complaints

    Crime & PunishmentDefense lawyers representing the young man who was allegedly beaten severely by about nine police officers last Monday presented a "writ of habeas data" and one of unconstitutionality against Law 74 of the National Police. According to Hector Gonzalez, a lawyer representing Rafael Martinez. they have filed several complaints before the National Police over what happened. "The police are there to protect and serve, not to suppress or mistreat or outrage," he added

    Rafael Martinez, who according to his parents was brutally beaten by officers of the National Police last week in Calidonia, spoke on the channel 13 Telemetro morning news broadcast, where he asked the authorities for justice in his case. Martinez, who is a marine engineer, is recovering from the severe beatings, especially on his face. He said he was beaten by the police officers both at his home, then again later at the police headquarters in San Miguel where he was taken. The boy's father asked for impartiality in the case.

    Meanwhile, Mara Rivera, a spokeswoman for the National Police, said on Telemetro an official investigation has been opened for this event, which is different from the ordinary investigation that is taking place outside of the institution. (Telemetro)

    Editor's Comment: This kid was brutally beaten. I saw the photos, his face was grotesquely swollen, especially on the right side. The cops beat the hell out of him, and apparently continued to beat him once they had him under arrest, in cuffs, and in the jail cell. Those responsible should be locked up themselves, and fired. Recently the National Police have been having problems with the excessive use of force, and this is just the most recent case. Most importantly, they CANNOT be allowed or trusted to investigate themselves. Because, what they do is cover up, hide the facts, lie to protect, etc. It's a discipline problem, and an indication of a deterioration of professionalism.

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    Fugitive Rapist Caught - Was Working As A Security Guard

    Crime & PunishmentJuan Navarro, 32, was arrested by units of the Judicial Investigation Department of the National Police. He was wanted by the justice system after being sentenced to four years in prison for crimes "against decency and sexual freedom." At the time of his arrest Juan Navarro was working as a security guard at a local mall located in Bethania. He was taken to the headquarters of the Judicial Investigation Department located in Ancon. It was also learned that the judgment against him was issued on July 12, 2010 and that the victim was a 16 year old girl. Navarro will be placed at the disposal of the prison system to serve his sentence. (Dia a Dia)

    Editor's Comment: In the Panamanian criminal justice system when they say the crime is "against decency and sexual freedom" that means rape.

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    Journalists Robbed in Curundú

    Crime & PunishmentThe Panamanian journalists Pastor Morales and Roger Gonzalez, were attacked today in Curundú, while doing press coverage for Mi Diario. Three criminals with guns surprised the journalists and took away equipment worth $8,000 dollars, as reported by the newspaper via Twitter. (TVN)

    Editor's Comment: OK, so maybe Curundú really hasn't changed all that much...

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    Counterfeiters Abound In Latin America

    Crime & PunishmentClothing, computers and car parts are just some of the objects being counterfeited by offenders, who subsequently sell them to stores, said Gloria Silva, the head of Interpol Panama. She said crimes against intellectual property cause loss and damage to businesses, and can impact public health. Proof of this is that in recent days they seized a large quantity of fake Viagra pills and alcoholic beverages, which suggests that other drugs can be faked.

    New Products - Roberto Manriquez, Criminal Intelligence Officer of Interpol, said that at first music and films were being plagiarized in Asia, but now in every country in Latin America there are local workshops dedicated to plagiarism, and they should be investigated to dismantle these gangs. Manriquez said organized crime is always looking for ways to make money illegally, because it is a lucrative business. To prevent this illegal activity, in addition to the work done by the authorities, citizens can help by not buying counterfeit goods. (Mi Diario)

    Editor's Comment: There is a large Interpol regional conference on intellectual property this week being held in Panama.

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    Home Invasion Robbery in Chiriqui

    Crime & PunishmentThe National Police is conducting search operations in the sector of Santa Rosa, district of Bugaba, Chiriqui province, after several unidentified offenders broke into a residence, surprising the homeowners asleep, threatened them with a firearm, and gagged them. The offenders entered the house at 2:40 am on Tuesday through a window on the right side of the house, came to the bedroom where the homeowners were asleep, and threatened them with a firearm. (Dia a Dia)
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    Suspect Beats Up 65 Year Old Blind Man, Over A Parking Space

    Crime & PunishmentA foreigner named Timoty Sauder, 65, is hospitalized in serious condition after Luis Alberto Navarrete, the husband of Aida Esther Allen, gave him a beating on Saturday afternoon in Calle 5 of Rio Abajo in Panama City. Sauder, who is visually impaired, came down on Saturday afternoon to wait for his wife to come home from work at around 4:30 pm when suddenly Mrs. Allen arrived and parked on the sidewalk, to which the victim made an observation. According to witnesses, the woman became enraged, insulted him using vulgar language, accelerated knocking over some traffic cones, and argued in offensive language that she would park wherever she pleased.

    When Mrs. Allen's husband arrived, Mr. Sauder, who is a foreigner, tried to explain what happened, but the two of them assaulted him verbally, and when that happened the victim walked away, but as he turned, Luis Alberto was all over him hitting him until he was unconscious and bleeding on the ground.

    The neighbors tried to intervene, but Mrs. Allen threatened them as well, saying they would also receive blows. Sauder's attackers left him lying on the ground and they walked away.

    When Sauder's wife arrived, Luis Alberto came down from the building and she asked him why he had done that, considering that her husband has no vision in his right eye and he is an old man. "You want me to give it you too, you old (profanity)," was the response from the subject.

    The National Police were called to the scene, arriving half an hour after the alert. Sauder was taken to the emergency room of the Santo Tomas Hospital, where he filed the police report. The case was treated at the Night Court, but the defendants did not appear, so they were extended another citation for last night, Sunday. There are other reports against the aforementioned. (Critica)

    Editor's Comment: What a bad ass. He can beat up a blind 65 year old man. Then he threatened a woman. He's probably pretty good against little kids, too...

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