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Woman Stabbed To Death In A "Push Button"

Crime & PunishmentA 30 year old woman with a surname of Dominguez was stabbed to death, and her body was left in the parking area of room 202 of the El Llano "push button", located on Via Domingo Diaz. The victim had injuries to the neck and chest. She was a native of La Palma de Veraguas, and resided in the Santa Pera neighborhood, close to the "El Llano" push-button. Her funeral will be held today in the village where she was born, in Veraguas. (Critica)

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Authorities Ignore Supreme Court Ruling in Adelag Case

Crime & PunishmentNeither the Judicial Investigation Department of the National Police nor the National Immigration Service have been informed of the decision handed down by the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court, which ordered the "immediate arrest" of Carlos and Aquilino de la Guardia Romero, who have been sentenced to 66 months in prison for fraud and misrepresentation. The whereabouts of Adelag managers is unknown. It was not possible to obtain a precise answer from their lawyers, when they were contacted by this newspaper. The Court reported that the Secretariat of the Criminal Division has sent the ruling to the Second Superior Tribunal of Justice, and they, in turn, sent it to the Thirteenth Criminal Court. Upon receipt of the decision, the Court has five business days to notify the parties, either by publication or personally. His conviction was signed by Justices Harry Diaz (rapporteur) and Alejandro Moncada Luna. Judge Aníbal Salas reserved his vote. In this document it is stated that the brothers De la Guardia Romero acted "recklessly and willfully, and skillfully took advantage of the confidence they had with their creditors." (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: I understand that one of the two brothers is working in the United States. When all of this fell apart he had to leave Panama in order to work, because "no one would even look at him." The other brother is here in Panama City somewhere.

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Two De La Guardia Brothers Sentence To Prison For Fraud in Adelag Bankruptcy Case

Crime & PunishmentA ruling by the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court sentenced the brothers Carlos and Aquilino De La Guardia to 66 months in prison and ordered their immediate arrest, on charges of misrepresentation and fraud in the bankruptcy of the Adelag group, which occurred in 2001, worth an estimated $120 million dollars. The decision dated 10 August 2012 amended the judgment on appeal issued by the Second Superior Tribunal on 17 November 2009, which found the brothers liable only for the crime of aggravated fraud, and sentenced them to 18 months prison, which were converted to 61,400 days/fine. The Supreme Court on appeal also modified another sentence issued by the Thirteenth Criminal Court on 9 January 2009 that found them liable for misrepresentation and fraud and sentenced them to 48 months in prison. (TVN)

Editor's Comment: In short, the Adelag group was going bankrupt. The two de la Guardia brothers falsified documents, and then used those documents to obtain loans from about five different Panamanian banks. When the bankruptcy occurred, the banks were left holding the bag. This is a highly unusual case because the two de la Guardia brothers are considered to be "classic Union Club rabi blancos," and it's exceptionally rare for any Panamanian court to sentence those kinds of people to prison, for anything. The difference in this case is that they pissed off a whole lot of other very rich and powerful people. Oh yeah, and by the way, they broke the law too. But that's common...

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Former National Guard Captain Found Guilty For Military Dictatorship Murder

Crime & PunishmentThe former captain of the National Guard, Abundio Moreno was sentenced by the Superior Court of Chiriqui to 20 years in prison for the disappearance and death of Everett Clayton Kimble Guerra. However, because of his advanced age, Moreno will not go to jail. The incident took place in February of 1969, when Moreno was the head of the G2 in Chiriquí. He went to trial in September 2011 as one of the alleged perpetrators of in the torture, disappearance, and death of Kimbell.

Abundio Moreno claimed is innocence and said he was a "scapegoat". Five witnesses were called to testify during the hearing, before the judges Asunción Castillo, Salvador Domínguez and Carmen Luz De Gracia. In the case, the former general Manuel Antonio Noriega and Aristotle Garcia, were found guilty in absentia.

It was learned that Moreno will not go to prison, but will be required to report to the court every Friday, and he will remain under house arrest. (Critica)

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Missing Teacher's Body Found in David, Panama

Crime & PunishmentThe lifeless body of the 28 year old teacher Nicolás Antonio Batista Sánchez was found yesterday, Monday, 27 August 2012. The teacher has been missing since last Friday after he left his home in the community of Elisa Chiari, in the city of David, Chiriquí province. The body was found badly decomposed in the La Vergüenza creek, sector of Llanos de Garibaldi, in the community of Loma Colorada, David.

The First Superior Prosecutor Idalgis Olmos arrived at the site of the discovery who ordered the removal of the body and its transfer to the Judicial Morgue. "Upon arrival at the Judicial Morgue we proceeded to review the documents he had in his pants (...) and we found the teacher's personal identification documents," the prosecutor Olmos. He added that now they will conduct testing for fingerprints and dental impressions to confirm it is the teacher who has been missing since last Friday.

Some of the teacher's family members arrived at the morgue, who corroborated that the black pants and boots on the body of the deceased match the clothes the teacher was wearing when he disappeared. The teacher worked in the Comarca area, at the Quebrada de Loro school. Last Friday family members said he was in the are of El Alba and he was returning to his house. (Critica)

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Man's Dismembered Body Found In Paitilla

Crime & PunishmentAtrocious. The body of an unidentified man was found with no head, no arms or legs, wrapped in several bags on the shores of the Bay of Panama, off Punta Paitilla. The trunk of the body had 10 bullet holes. He was fair-skinned, and the body was wrapped in three white sacks and three black plastic bags. The concierge of a nearby apartment building alerted the authorities about the gruesome discovery. (Critica)
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Criminals Steal $70,000 Dollars From Colon Free Zone Company

Crime & PunishmentSome $70,000 was stolen from the company Washington in the Colon Free Zone, said the area's security chief, Rodolfo Francis. The National Police said several armed criminals intercepted and held three of the company's messengers at gunpoint, who had withdrawn the money minutes before. Apparently, the criminals had been following the messengers, and when they withdrew the money they robbed them, seizing the booty seized and the cell phones they were carrying.

The police, in reviewing the security cameras inside the zone, observed one of the criminals who fled on a motorcycle with the money. After the assault, the police mounted a major operation in the area, but they failed to capture the assailants. They are investigating to determine how the criminals managed to enter the segregated area. (Siglo)

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Investigations Continue In Attack Against Prosecutor in Chiriqui

Crime & PunishmentAn adult and a minor are under investigation for the attack suffered by the Juvenile Prosecutor of Chiriqui Vilma Batista Pinzón. The prosecution is seeking to establish whether it was really an attack against the official investigation on orders (an attempted hit), or whether it was a robbery. In this attack which occurred in a convenience store, a 26 year old young woman died, when two men entered the business premises in David carrying firearms and fired ​several shots, where Prosecutor Pinzon was making her purchases. (Telemetro)
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Supreme Court Upholds Jail Term For Adelag Executives

Crime & PunishmentThe Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court decided an appeal, in which it upheld the sentence of five and a half years in prison against the brothers Aquilino and Carlos de la Guardia Romero for the bankruptcy of the Adelag Group in 2001. Judicial sources reported the Adelag group executives are currently out of the country. The Thirteenth Criminal Court in January 2009, issued the sentence against Aquilino de la Guardia and Carlos Romero, for the offenses of forgery and fraud, because of the investigation that was requested by the National Securities Commission. (Critica)
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Man Chokes Ex Wife To Death In Jealous Rage

Crime & PunishmentJealousy. A man who could not accept the fact that the mother of his two year old daughter no longer wanted to have anything to do with him, so he decided to kill her, and then he tried to kill himself with a razor. Worst of all is that the crime was committed before the eyes of their baby, who was lying next to her mother. Believe it or not, this tragedy occurred at midnight on Sunday at "F" Street, in the Valle Dorado Residencial area in La Chorrera.

Fatal Visit - According to data collected by police investigators, Luis Antonio Sanchez, 27 years old, went to the house of his former partner's mother. Katherine Contreras, 23, had just ended a five-year relationship with him because she was tired of being mistreated. The 12 year old brother of the victim was there, and the man allegedly yelled at him and told him to get out of the house, because he wanted to talk to his wife, but the teenager did not know that Sanchez, his former brother in law, had other ideas. After that, the man went straight to the room where Katherin was and started a fight. There was pushing and shoving. In one of those moves the man allegedly squeezed her neck with both hands to choke her.

Help Arrives Late - Katherin's brother, hearing her screams, ran toward the street for help, to try to prevent a disaster from occurring. He returned to the house minutes later, but it was too late, his sister was dead and his former brother in law was lying beside her, and he had cut himself several times on one arm with a razor. The man was taken to a medical center and was then placed at the disposal of the competent authorities. It was learned Katherine was already making preparations to celebrate her baby's third birthday. (Mi Diario)

Editor's Comment: Crimes of passion. They occur in Panama, and in every other country of the world. This is another type of violence that rarely impacts the members of the English speaking community of expatriates living in Panama. The most dangerous thing you'll likely do in Panama is drive a car, or go swimming in the ocean.

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Another Frustrated Kidnapping Attempt

Crime & PunishmentThe National Police foiled another attempted kidnapping on Sunday in the San Antonio development, in the village of Rufina Alfaro, district of San Miguelito. The victim was identified as Alejandro Antonio Gustabe, 44, who was riding in a gray Lexus with license plate number 697441 in San Antonio when he was attacked. The victim accuses Joel Antonio Carrillo Caballero, 25, of pointing a 9 mm pistol at him and threatening to take him away. Carrillo Caballero was captured by the National Police and placed at the disposal of the Deputy Attorney General.

The incident occurred in front of the Bilingual School of Panama, in San Antonio. There were two other people traveling with Joel Antonio in two other sedans, which were abandoned. According to the detectives, Carrillo Caballero was holding a 9mm pistol with a valid permit and two clips with 26 rounds of live ammunition between them. According to research conducted by the National Police personnel, the vehicles: a Nissan Sentra B-13, color champagne with license plate 546794 was abandoned in front of the San Antonio School, and a blue Toyota Yaris with license plate 490900 was left at Calle Aragon, located in Altos de Las Praderas. In one of the cars police found a Glock pistol with a 15 round clip in the back seat.

Other kidnappings - On 16 August the Colombian Oscar Alexander Builes Lopera, 37, was released, who had been kidnapped three days earlier by three Mexican nationals criminals, and a Colombian. They took the Colombian by surprise when he was in his hotel in the capital city - the foreigners used assault rifles to kidnap him. A day earlier, on Wednesday, August 15, the American Robin Michael Vitales, 51, was rescued after he was kidnapped in Juan Diaz. So far this year there have been ten kidnappings in Panama, between successful and frustrated attempts, according to figures from the DIJ. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: The American was basically held in his own home. This was more like a home invasion robbery, in which the robbers stayed for three days. So the victim was "deprived of his liberty" but they didn't take him anywhere. All of the bad guys were arrested, and the victim was rescued unharmed.

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Murder Victim Identified

Crime & PunishmentThe body of a man who was found dead on Saturday in a gorge in Gorgona, near a farm in Llano Largo, close to the Villa del Carmen neighborhood has been identified as 26 year old Tony Barría Rodríguez. It was learned the police detectives are working to determine if this crime is related to the murder of 54 year old Carlos Arturo Zena Rodriguez, a crime that occurred in Villa del Carmen in La Chorrera. Zena Rodriguez, who was a construction foreman, was found dead inside his home. His wife told the police he had said goodbye, and she didn't know he was in the other room when he was killed. The truth is that until recently, she was the prime suspect in this case. It was also learned that police are looking for others who might be involved in this. The motive of this case is the theft of the $15,000 the foreman had in his possession. (Mi Diario)

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Did Kidnap Victim Pay $150,000 For His Release?

Crime & PunishmentThe Chinese citizen Xuan Sang Ng, known as 'Samy', was found in the early hours of yesterday as he left a wooded area in the area of ​​San Judas, in the village of Cativá, province of Colon. The merchant was dehydrated and exhausted, and he was taken to hospital. Unofficially, it was shown Samy's relatives paid $150,000 to his captors for his release. It also points to a Colombian and a former policeman as the alleged perpetrators of the kidnapping. The governor of the province of Colon, Pedro Rios, said he had set up a strategy to rescue the victim.

'Samy' was abducted on Monday night August 13, when he was in his Ford Focus with a friend on Roosevelt Avenue in the city of Colon. Xuan owns the Pacific convenience store, located at 10th Street and Melendez Avenue in Colon. (Siglo)

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Kidnapped Asian Businessman Found Alive in Colon

Crime & PunishmentUnofficially it was learned that the Asian businessman, Ng Yuen Sang, who was kidnapped last Monday August 13 was found alive in the early morning hours today in a rural area in the community of San Judas in Colon. So far the National Police has not issued any statement or report, nor is it known if the family of the businessman paid a ransom for his release. The businessman was taken to a medical facility because he was dehydrated, with mosquito bites, and he had been beaten up. (Dia a Dia)
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More Contraband Seized At David Prison

Crime & PunishmentPrison guards seized drugs, money, and shanks during an inspection conducted yesterday afternoon at the public prison in David, in the province of Chiriqui. Ismael Flores, the Director of the prison, said the objects were confiscated following a routine inspection that seeks to remove these illegal items from the prison. They have detected that unknown persons throw these objects - known as "aircraft" - from the street near the prison, and inside are these illegal items, said Flores. The prison director said he will continue to conduct the inspections. The inmates where the prohibited items were found are being investigated by the Public Ministry in the Third Judicial District, in Chiriqui. The prison in David houses 300 inmates. (Siglo)

Editor's Comment: Here's an idea that would put an end to this. Let's say there are a dozen inmates in a cell. The inmates are removed and the cell is searched. An illegal knife, drugs, and a contraband cell phone are found in the cell. The prison officials open up an administrative process, and each of the twelve prisoners are given 30 days (more) in prison, as a punishment for the illegal items. Conduct one inspection every month - and the message is "you will never get out of here, as long as we continue to find this contraband." Sooner or later out of sheer peer pressure, all of that stuff will go away. Right now there's no down side. You found my knife - so what? I'll just get another one. That needs to change. It might seem simple, but surveillance cameras will stop the "airplane" trick. Bust whoever is throwing the crap over the fence, and put them on the inside.

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Panamanian Police Rescue Kidnapped American

Crime & PunishmentIn an operation, units of the National Police rescued an American who was detained for 5 days. According to information from the authorities, this man was held by his tormentors, in a residence located in Parque Lefevre. The man apparently was extorted by criminals who sought to seize his money, according to the police report. In this case three people have been arrested, who were at the scene at the time of the rescue operation. (TVN)

Editor's Comment: That's all I know. The article says he was being held in a residence in Parque Lefevre, but not where he lived. It does not give his name or age. Thank God they were able to execute the rescue and no one got hurt.

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Drug charges dropped because of too much evidence

Crime & Punishment IOWA CITY, Iowa — A fugitive doctor charged in the nation's largest prosecution of Internet pharmacies is getting off in part because there's just too much evidence in his case: more than 400,000 documents and two terabytes of electronic data that federal authorities say is expensive to maintain.

Armando Angulo was indicted in 2007 in a multimillion dollar scheme that involved selling prescription drugs to patients who were never examined or even interviewed by a physician. A federal judge in Iowa dismissed the charge last week at the request of prosecutors, who want to throw out the many records collected over their nine-year investigation to free up more space.

The Miami doctor fled to his native Panama after coming under investigation in 2004, and Panamanian authorities say they do not extradite their own citizens. Given the unlikelihood of capturing Angulo and the inconvenience of maintaining so much evidence, prosecutors gave up the long pursuit.

"Continued storage of these materials is difficult and expensive," wrote Stephanie Rose, the U.S. attorney for northern Iowa. She called the task "an economic and practical hardship" for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The case started in 2003 with a raid of a small Iowa drugstore and eventually secured the conviction of 26 defendants, including 19 doctors. The investigation dismantled two Internet pharmacies that illegally sold 30 million pills to customers. Investigators also recovered $7 million, most of which went to Iowa police agencies that helped with the case.

When a major drug suspect flees the country, federal authorities often leave the charges pending in case the fugitive tries to sneak back into the U.S. or a country with a friendly extradition process. But in Angulo's case, the volume of evidence posed a bigger burden.

The evidence took up 5 percent of the DEA's worldwide electronic storage. Agents had also kept several hundred boxes of paper containing 440,000 documents, plus dozens of computers, servers and other bulky items.

Two terabytes is enough to store the text of 2 million novels, or roughly 625,000 copies of "War and Peace."

Two-terabyte memory drives are widely available for $100, but the DEA's data server must be relatively small and may need replacement, a costly and risky proposition for an agency that must maintain the integrity of documents, said University of Iowa computer scientist Douglas Jones.

"A responsible organization doesn't upgrade every time new technology is available. That's all they would be doing," Jones said. "But the result is you end up in situations like this where the capacity they have is not quite up to the incredible volume of data involved."

Randy Stock, who runs the website whatsabyte.com, which explains electronic storage, said he doubted that storing the data would have been that problematic for the government.

"I'm thinking that excuse is just their easy way out," he wrote in an e-mail.

U.S. District Judge Linda Reade dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled.

Angulo, 59, was accused of improperly authorizing thousands of prescriptions for pain pills, diet medication and other drugs while working for Pharmacom International Corp., a Florida-based Internet company that operated from 2003 to 2004.

The company's doctors approved prescriptions without examining patients, communicating with them or verifying their identities, prosecutors said. Three Pharmacom officials and a person who recruited doctors were sentenced to prison. Eight physicians pleaded guilty to conspiracy to illegally distribute controlled substances and launder the proceeds.

The investigation began after agents raided the Union Family Pharmacy in Dubuque and found evidence that it had illegally dispensed medication over a six-month period for Pharmacom and another Internet company, Medical Web Services, which pleaded guilty. Eleven of its physicians were also prosecuted.

Angulo fled to Panama around the time Florida regulators suspended his medical license for prescribing controlled substances to Medicaid patients "in excessive quantities and without medical justification." An audit found his prescriptions cost Medicaid $6.5 million over six years and caused addiction and dangerous health risks.

Investigators know Angulo's whereabouts in Panama, which has an extradition treaty with the U.S. to return fugitives. But a spokeswoman for the Panamanian Embassy in Washington said the country never received a formal extradition petition for Angulo and that the country's constitution bars the extradition of Panamanian citizens.

The dismissal of the charges does not mean Angulo is free to return to the U.S. He is still listed as one of Florida's most wanted criminals and is being sought for separate Medicaid fraud and narcotics charges in that state.

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Police Mayor Pistol Whipped Three Civilians (Over Practically Nothing)

Crime & PunishmentA Major in the National Police was denounced for alleged police abuse after an altercation that occurred last Friday at the "On The Run" gas station on Via Argentina, during which the police officer drew his weapon. Katherine Moreno explained on the morning edition the channel 13 Telemetro Report, that the Major of the National Police, Waldemar Herrera, beat her husband Julio Camelo, who is a Corporal in the National Air Service (SENAN). Camelo ended up with 16 stitches in his head, his wife Moreno needed ten stitches, while her brother needed three. She said the person who hit them was the National Police officer.

According to Katherine Moreno, they were in a black Mazda when the police officer arrived and parked next to them. At that time Katherine opened the door and she hit Herrera's car, a Suzuki Grand Vitara. She immediately apologized.

This allegedly caused the woman who was with the police officer to start shouting insults. The woman then went back to the Major's car, pulled out a gun, and fired a round into the air. At that moment Police Officer Herrera separated from his partner, and hit the three of them in the head with the butt of his gun. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: This entire incident was probably caught on videotape. If that guy lost control and pistol-whipped three people because a woman accidentally hit is car with the door of her car, he should be fired from the National Police, stripped of all rank and pension, and thrown in prison. But - this is Panama. What's going to actually happen to this guy? Not a damn thing. There is a culture of protecting the police officers, even when they are really, really wrong and guilty. Oye - hasta cuando?

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Four Gunned Down On 27th Street

Crime & PunishmentFour men armed with three 9 mm pistols and an AK-47 assault rifle came in a vehicle and gunned down four men on 27th Street in El Chorrillo. This time the victim was 22 year old Christian Rangel Zamora, who was killed by more than 30 bullet holes on Sunday at 8:30 pm. He was talking - Rangel was talking with Jose Gilberto Trujillo, 24, Ricardo Samaniego, 32, and Javier Ospina, 30, when they were surprised by a burst of shots. The authorities found more than 50 spent shell casings at the scene. Rangel was taken to the Santo Tomas Hospital where he died. Trujillo is delicate condition, and the other two are stable.

Ricardo Rangel, father of the deceased, said his son was enjoying his day off, and he has been working for the past year on the project to expand the Coastal Strip, saying his only goal was to provide for his two children, four and one year of age.

Still Serious - Trujillo's family is waiting for his health. He was shot in the left side of his head. Other bullets pierced a lung, chest, arm and thigh. His mother, Elsa Castillo said the bullet fractured the skull leaving several bone fragments within the brain.

According to the police, this incident is linked to feuding local gangs, because three years ago on 27th Street Walter Clark, the nephew of "Cholo Chorrillo" was killed in the same place, and the killers wanted revenge. (Mi Diario)

Editor's Comment: This is a "snapshot" of the typical kind of violent street crime in Panama City. Rival youth gangs, fighting over territory, taking revenge for a murder that occurred three years ago. Thankfully this sort of thing rarely spills over to affect the members of the English speaking community of expatriates in Panama. But still, tread lightly, because there are people who can and will blow you away for looking at them funny. Most of this violence is related to drugs in one way or the other.

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Blown Away on Tumba Muerto - Hit In Broad Daylight

Crime & PunishmentMarino Sanchez Meza, 35, was shot dead in the head by gunmen who attacked him on the road Ricardo J. Alfaro (Tumba Muerto), near Migration. The killers escaped in a taxi. The violent incident was perpetrated at about 6:25 pm yesterday, amid the rush hour traffic jam and in front of dozens of pedestrians. Sanchez was in the Toyota Yaris with licence plate number 855910, and he hit the fence in front of the 3M company. In the car, the stereo was blaring with a variety of music, especially the artist 50 Cent with the song "Candy Shop". Everything was caught on security video cameras installed in the sector. (Photo Jesus Simmons)

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Foreigner Tried To Bribe Police Officers When Arrested

Crime & PunishmentA Costa Rican national was arrested when he was found to be in possession of two firearms, without a permit. This happened in Loma La Pava in Bethania, when the man was parking his car and he was approached by police who saw him acting suspiciously, so they decided to ask to see his driver's license (which he did not have.) When the police decided to arrest him he tried to bribe the officers with $8,000 in cash - the officers refused, and added that as one more charge against the foreigner. (Dia a Dia)

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Body Of Man Missing On Bayano River Found

Crime & PunishmentAuthorities found the body of the man who went missing last Friday night on the Bayano river in Coquira, Chepo. Unfortunately it was without a head, authorities said. The incident occurred Friday night when two larger boats crashed into a smaller one, in which the Colombian was traveling with his son. The son managed to save himself, and alert the authorities. (Mi Diario)
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Colombian Busted With Counterfeit Cigarettes

Crime & PunishmentThey surprised him with a cargo of cigarettes. An undocumented alien who said his name is Ricauter Manuel Ricardo Mieles, 43 years old, was arrested at 8:30 pm Sunday in the main street of Veranillo, San Miguelito. His arrest came as police officers inspected a beige Nissan Bluebird with registration number 038744, and in the trunk they found four packages containing a total of 1,830 boxes of cigarettes and $657 in cash, so the suspect was arrested to be held for investigation.

In another case, the theft of a vehicle was reported when a black 1998 Honda Civic with registration 462329 belonging to Clemente Yañez Cruz, 31 years old, was stolen from his house number K-12 located located on Eighth Street in the neighborhood of Punta del Este.

In a third case, a criminal broke into house number 358 located in the neighborhood of Don Bosco in Juan Diaz, stealing a Vaio laptop valued at $600 dollars, a Lumix digital camera worth $179 dollars, and a gold bracelet. (Mi Diario)

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Cops Stop Chop Shop

Crime & PunishmentNine people, among them five foreigners, were arrested in a clandestine chop shop located on Ave. Santa Elena, in the district of Parque Lefevre. The band specialized in stealing cars and then dismantling them, to sell the parts on the black market. During the raid police also found drugs at the site. (Critica)

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Foreign Prisoners Might Be Sent To Their Home Countries

Crime & PunishmentThe director of Panama's prison system Angel Calderon confirmed on Saturday they are analyzing the possibility of signing agreements with several countries in Europe and the Americas to repatriate foreign detainees, in an effort to ease prison overcrowding. According to Calderon, foreign prisoners, especially those involved in drug trafficking cases, could be benefited by this process of repatriation, because they are being held in maximum security wards, which are the most overcrowded. These halls can accommodate 300 inmates, but currently there are up to 500 detainees.

Among the countries mentioned, Calderon said they are already working with countries like Colombia, Mexico and Spain. He said the agreements were achieved thanks to the efforts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

For his part, Government Minister, Jorge Ricardo Fabrega said they are making investments to build new prisons in the interior of the country. (TVN)

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Slight Decrease in Homicide Rate So Far This Year in Panama

Crime & PunishmentThere has been a slight decrease in the homicide rate this year, compared to last year. From January through July 2011 there were 390 homicides in Panama. During the same period so far this year, there have been 371. In making a comparison between the two, this represents a decrease of 19 homicides throughout the country. These numbers came to light during a report submitted by the National Police by the different Chiefs of each zone at a national level. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: That's a 4.8% decrease. Not much, but better than an increase.

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Cold Blooded Murder Caught On Convenience Store Security Video Camera

Crime & PunishmentA video camera recorded the face of the murderer of Carlos Jahir Campagnani Diaz, 19. "Yao" was buying something at the convenience store the night before last in San Isidro, when a white skinned criminal with blond hair shot him in the head, and when the victim fell to the floor, he finished him off with five more shots. Officials said three to four others participated in the crime. The first left a car wash and walked towards the store, and there he confirmed "Yao" is the person inside of the supermarket. Then two more people pull up on a black motorcycle. One of them is left behind and the murderer goes straight to his goal. His family thinks they know who are the murderers, but the video is the fundamental evidence. (Critica)
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Customs Destroys 13 Million Packages of Contraband Cigarettes

Crime & PunishmentThe director of the National Customs Authority, Gloria Moreno de Lopez, supervised the process of destroying about 13 million units of different brands of contraband cigarettes that had been smuggled. The incineration process occurred in the province of Colon, in hours of the morning. Moreno de Lopez said during 2011 they seized and destroyed about 59 million units of cigarettes of different brands, and so far this year they have seized about 240 million units. She said surveillance at various points and border control operations has resulted in the seizure of the smuggled cigarettes, which represent a health risk to consumers. (Critica)

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Two Guilty For 2006 Murder Case

Crime & PunishmentA jury declared Carlos Alberto Torres Hernández, alias “Calitín”, guilty for the murder and theft of the vehicle to the detriment of Jorge Herrera Ramos, which occurred in March 2006 on the bridge of Villalobos, in Pedregal. Manuel Salvador Garay Espinoza was also found guilty as a primary accomplice. Both were sentenced to 20 years in prison. On 27 March, the Second Court of Justice issued the acquittal for Humberto Pérez Bernal, Manuel Ardines and Eugenio Linares, the other suspects in this crime. The Fourth Superior Prosecutor determined that the murder was committed for the robbery of the taxi. Jorge Herrera Ramos was killed by a shot in the head, after being gagged and bound hand and foot. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: I covered this trial to point something out. The crime occurred in March 2006, and the sentence was handed down in July 2012 - more than six years later. All of you who are watching and waiting for justice in the Wild Bill and Javier Martin cases - take note. The Justice system in Panama is s l o w w w w w.

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Rounding Up Gang Bangers in Puerto Escondido, Colon

Crime & PunishmentDetectives of the Judicial Investigation Department of the National Police conducted operations in Puerto Escondido, Colon Province, in search of suspected gang members residing in that area. The action was coordinated with the Public Ministry, and resulted in the arrest of five suspected members of the gang "All for Money", including one female. Of this gang 18 members had previously been arrested, and there are a total of 30 arrest warrants issued by the competent authorities. The police officers executed 25 search warrants at different points, they gathered evidence, and they also installed a closed circuit camera system they used to monitor everything that went on in the area of ​​Puerto Escondido. (Critica)

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