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Friday, April 18 2014 @ 04:03 AM EDT

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Organizations Request The Repeal Of Law Benefiting Police Officers

Crime & PunishmentAfter two children were killed by cops, members of the civil society and the National Bar Association of Panama (CNA) requested the repeal of Law 74 of 2010 (modifying the Organic Law of the National Police), in which the members of this institution are exempt of pre-trial detention.

In a note to the Nation, organizations of the civil society expressed their solidarity with the relatives of the children and rejected the action taken by the agents of the National Police linked to the shooting of October 23 in San Carlos.

“Law 74 of October 29 of 2010, declaring that members from the Police can’t be arrested for cases of crimes committed through the use of force, is a backward step in terms of human rights and puts all the citizens of this country in danger,” says the statement.

The note, issued by 12 organizations of human rights, also rejects the three pardons granted in the last three years benefiting over 120 police officers processed for all kinds of common crimes.

On the other hand, the CNA considered this is a law in charge of protecting police agents whenever they violate the citizens’ human rights. Santander Tristán, president in charge, regretted what happened to the children in San Carlos and said they will create a commission to do a follow up on the investigations carried out by the Public Prosecutor on this case. (Prensa)

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The Government Will Investigate The Three Units Involved In The Death Of A Minor In San Carlos

Crime & PunishmentThree units from the National Police (PN), are under investigation for the death of a two year old child and for the 15 year old girl who is in critical condition, after a confusing event in San Carlos.

The Public Prosecutor (MP) is investigating a possible criminal behavior in this case. The agents mentioned in this case are in the headquarters of the National Police while the MP determines their judicial condition, explained the Auxiliary Prosecutor, Marcelino Aguilar.

He also said the three agents were wearing regular clothing, and were not part of those who were certified to conduct the operation.

An investigation ex officio was opened for this case to gather the scientific elements that will allow clarifying the event, said Aguilar.

According to the first reports announced by the Auxiliary Prosecutor and the chief of the Homicides Unit, Rafael Santiago, they said this was a police check point formed by 9 units of the National Police.

At the same time, they said they determined there were no signs of a threat against the units, because there were no weapons inside the vehicle of the victims or persecution reports. (Panama America)

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$1 Thousand Stolen From Convenience Store In Don Bosco

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Today, Units of the National Police seized a gun and drugs during a raid made in Don Bosco, Juan Diaz.

The operation was made after criminals assaulted a convenience store located in Don Bosco, the criminals managed to steal more than $1 thousand.

The information was confirmed by the National Police, through it's Twitter account, but no further details were given about the police operation.(La Critica)

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Raul Pineda Unlinked To The Messina Case

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Family of lawyer and delegate of the PRD, Juan Ramon Messina, filed a second complaint in the murder case, where Deputy Raul Pineda is unlinked.

The day of the events, Messina's wife, Katiuska Ramos, directly denounced Pineda as perpetrator of this murder.

The filing of the lawsuit was made by attorney Alfredo Vallarino, representing Messina's mother.

The lawsuit was filed against two people who are already identified in the record as the masterminds of this murder.

Panamanian authorities requested assistance from the FBI in the investigation of the murder of the PRD member.(Panama America)

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$9 Thousand Stolen In The Colon Free Trade Zone

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Yesterday, Five gunmen stole more than $9 thousand from a cell phones and electronic equipment selling store in the Colon Free Trade Zone.

The assault occurred at about 11am, when armed subjects entered the premises and threatened those present.

Since August there have been constant assaults in the Colon Free Trade Zone and the most recent was the theft of a $26 thousand spreadsheet.

Security by the Free Trade Zone has removed 15 officers and added new staff, but the thefts have continued.(Mi Diario)

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Wild Bill Is Being Constantly Monitored After Rumors On Him Planning To Escape

Crime & PunishmentThe authorities of the prison in David reinforced security in the prison and applied preventive measures against William Dathan Holbert, also known as Will Bill, after finding out he was planning to escape prison.

Holbert is arrested in Chiriqui after he confessed of murdering five Americans. These crimes and Wild Bill’s participation in them is currently being investigated by the Public Prosecutor in Chiriqui.

The director of the prison in David, Ismael Flores, said they will continue applying these preventive security measures against William Dathan Holbert and they have doubled surveillance in the prison to prevent any situation.

“The actions we are taking are preventive measures, because there are many indications proving that Dathan Holbert wants to escape,” said Flores.

He also said within the immediate actions they have forbidden him from going to the patio or to the sports arena, also they are permanently monitoring his cell, located in the preventive sector.

In the last two inspection searches, the authorities have seized cell phones, through which he is allegedly communicating with people outside of the prison and they also found a saw, used to cut some of the bars in his cell.

The official said they are waiting for the Disciplinary Board of the prison to meet and offer their recommendations about the actions they should take against William Dathan Holbert, including the possibility of moving him to another prison. (Critica)

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$1 Thousand Stolen From A Gas Station In Colon

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Today, two criminals assaulted a gas station in Cativá, province of Colon.

During the assault, police units arrived to the place, where a shootout against the criminals occurred.

One of the subjects was shot and the other was able to escape with approximately $1 thousand.

The National Police started an operation to search for the other subject.(La Critica)

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Illegal Fermented Beverages Confiscated In Veraguas

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Units of the National Police managed to confiscate more than 400 gallons of illegal fermented beverages (chirrisco and guarapo) during an operation developed this weekend.

Carlos Rumbo, police chief of the province of Veraguas, said the operation was conducted in the districts of Sona, Calobre, Mariato and Rio de Jesus.

Rumbo said those responsible for the preparation of these banned drinks were turned over to authorities.(La Critica)

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2 Dead Bodies Found In Darien

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Yesterday, Friday October 18th, Two dead bodies were found in Yaviza, province of Darien.

According to the police report, the bodies had gunshot wounds in the back of the head and both hands tied to the back of their bodies, so they were allegedly executed.

Hours later, the men were identified as 21 years old Biteverto Olea Tócamo and 18 years old Rolando Palacio Ballester Mojica.

The report was made yesterday at 2:50pm, when some residents spotted the dead bodies at the edge of the road.(Mi Diario)

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A Man Was Killed In San Miguelito

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On Thursday, a man was shot 10 times in Torrijos Carter, San Miguelito district.

The victim was identified as 18 year old Ricardo Vanegas Castillo, he was shot by two gang members with whom he had differences, according to a source of the National Police.

The killers were identified, according to the security agencies it's just a matter of time before they get arrested.(La Critica)

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3 People Killed In Villa Grecia

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Yesterday night, three people were killed in a rented room in Sector 5 of Villa Grecia.

Unofficially it was reported one of the victims was decapitated.

Neighbors heard gunshots and then observed five subjects fleeing from the area.

The Prosecutor and the DIJ arrived to the sector to lift the bodies and initiate investigations.(La Critica)

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$26 Thousand Stolen In The Colon Free Trade Zone

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Today, armed subjects assaulted the employees of the "Jumbo" company, in the Colon Free Trade Zone, stealing $26 thousand.

It was reported the messenger of the company had arrived from the bank after collecting some checks for the payment of tax return, when the delinquents assaulted the employees and stole the money.

Witnesses said the robbers escaped in a white sedan vehicle.

Immediately the security of the area and the police began operations to find those responsible for this theft but no one has been captured yet.(La Critica)

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Secury Guard Arrested For Stealing In A Mall

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Today, a security guard of a mall was arrested for stealing a laptop and other items in his car.

The arrest was made during a search operation at Alcalde Diaz, in the Chivo Chivo sector, the gray Macbook note and it's accessories were recovered.

Two perfumes and four pens were also recovered, all of this items appeared in the complaint filed by the affected person.

The theft occurred on Saturday at the mall, the glass of the vehicle was broken in order to steal the person's belongings.(Mi Diario)

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The Members Of A Band Dedicated To Drug Dealing Were Arrested

Crime & PunishmentDuring an operation this afternoon carried out in Calle 15 Parque Lefevre a drug dealing band was captured.

The drug dealing band was formed by 10 people and the leader had recently left prison.

According to the authorities they seized several apartments in the area until they found and arrested the criminals. (TVN)

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A Stranger Attacked A Journalist

Crime & PunishmentThe journalist and attorney Mario Luis Murgas was attacked by a subject during midnight on Monday in Pueblo Nuevo, next to a fast food restaurant.

The subject approached him, and without saying a word, he attacked him first with a thick lodge and then with a knife.

During the struggle, Murgas took the knife from him and the attacker toofk off running.

The victim was assisted at a hospital, where he stayed for several hours. He was released yesterday’s afternoon. (Critica)

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Company Assaulted In Brisas Del Golf

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Yesterday afternoon, two criminals assaulted the company "On line Services", in Brisas del Golf, San Miguelito, and they took a commercial spreadsheet worth hundreds of dollars, according to the National Police.

The criminals arrived and fled from the place in a black Kia Picanto car, the license plate wasn't seen by witnesses.

Helpers and the security guard of the place were threatened with a gun and a knife carried by the attackers, who had their faces uncovered.

It is estimated the stolen money exceeds $3 thousand, a police operation was made in the place, but the suspects were not captured.(La Critica)

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Several Drug Packages Seized In Rio Abajo

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Today, units of the National Police managed to capture a subject who had several drug packages and a pipe inside of his vehicle.

The persecution of the subject ended at calle 12 in the village of Rio Abajo.

The subject and the evidence were turned over to the competent authorities.(La Critica)

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Two Theft Subjects Were Captured In Pueblo Nuevo

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Today, units of the National Police captured two subjects with evidence of a robbery at Residencial Amanecer, in the village of Pueblo Nuevo.

As a result of this arrest, $8 thousand in cash were recovered.

This information was confirmed through the National Police's Twitter account.(La Critica)

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A Young Man Was Murdered By His Cousin In Pacora

Crime & PunishmentObel Abdiel Quiel Mejía, of 19 years old, was murdered after he was shot in the neck by his cousin, a minor, who has not been arrested yet. The event took place in the sector N°4 of Pacora.

According to the witnesses, they were drinking alcohol at a birthday party when suddenly they started arguing, at that moment Obel slapped his cousin on the face, who got angry over this and left, and then he returned with a weapon to shoot him. Even though Quiel was taken to the Hospital in the 24 de Diciembre, he died. (Dia A Dia)

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A Colombian Was Murdered In Los Andes

Crime & PunishmentA Colombian citizen was shot five times by some subjects who entered his food establishment located in Los Andes, San Miguelito.

Despite the efforts of the relatives after they rushed him to the San Miguel Arcángel Hospital, the man died.

It is still unknown why he was murdered. No one has been arrested for this crime so far. (Critica)

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Double Homicide In Colon

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Today, two people were killed in a double homicide in the province of Colon.

The victims were recognized as 35 years old Gumercindo Hernandez, and a 15 year old minor whose name was not revealed.

The authorities began an investigation to find those responsible for these murders.(La Critica)

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$9 Thousand Stolen In Sertracen

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Today, two armed men robbed the Sertracen at Villa Lorena.

According to witnesses, the subjects threatened the security officer with a knife to steal his weapon.

After the subjects stole $9 thousand, the men fled in a taxi, the driver of the car was captured.(La Critica)

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Minors Detained In San Miguelito For Carrying Out Criminal Acts

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Today, 2 minors were detained by members of the National Police in the Area of San Miguelito at the very moment they were carrying out criminal acts in the district.

The first incident occurred in sector 7 of Santa Marta, where a 17 year old minor was found stealing inside of a residence.

The police managed to recover a television, dvd player, a power strip and a box of garments valued at $500.

Meanwhile, in the Tinajitas sector, the police detained a 15 year old minor who held a .38 caliber handgun in his possession.(Mi Diario)

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A Woman Was Arrested For Possession Of Cocaine In Rio Abajo

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Today, a woman was arrested for possession of cocaine in Rio Abajo.

The woman was arrested during a police operation made in Calle 10.

Police sources said the woman hid the packs of alleged cocaine in her private parts.(Mi Diario)

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Russian Vice Consul Attacked In Bella Vista

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Today, a man attacked the Russian vice consul in Panama, Eugenio Manilo, wounding him on the left side of the body with a knife.

The incident occurred at 10am, Manilo was accompanied by two people in the parking lot of the International Business Center building in Avenida Manuel Espinoza Batista, Bella Vista.

According to police reports, the subject tackled the diplomat and stabbed him in front of many people.

The National Police managed to catch the attacker, with help of the building custodians.

The vice consul was transferred to the National Hospital.(La Critica)

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Asian Merchant Kidnapped In Ciudad Radial

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Today, an asian merchant was attacked and kidnapped by a group of criminals to steal money from ATM machines.

The asian merchant was deprived of his freedom when he was arriving to his business on Calle Tercera, Ciudad Radial, and was taken by force to various ATMs to withdraw cash.

The subjects abandoned the gagged merchant in San Cristobal, Rio Abajo.

The merchant had bruises all over his face and body.(La Critica)

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Balbina Herrera Was Sentenced For Giving Information On Finmeccanica

Crime & PunishmentThe former presidential candidate from the PRD, Balbina Herrera, was sentenced to three years in prison for spreading e-mails in which the President, Ricardo Martinelli, and the Italian businessman Valter Lavítola were discussing details of the purchases made by the Government to the consortium Finmeccanica.

Herrera told La Prensa she has not been notified about the decision of the first municipal judge, Yorlenni Fruto. The sentence includes the suspension of holding public office for the same amount of time, counted after she serves her time in prison.

The information was first known through the weekly La Opinión, directed by Alfredo Prieto, former Communication Secretary of the State and president of the pro-government Movement “Panamá Avanza.”

Yesterday morning, in Telemetro Reporta, presidente Martinelli –plaintiff in this process– announced he would pardon Herrera. By then no one knew if the leader from the opposition was going to be sentenced by the judge Fruto.

According to article 183, numeral two, from the National Constitution, Martinelli may only grant pardons for political crimes. In Balbina Herrera’s case this is a non-political crime.

In the same news station, Martinelli said Herrera was “used” to spread the e-mails he exchanged with Lavítola. Afterwards, he said he didn’t know if these e-mails were “true or false… But if she [Herrera] is sentenced, I will pardon her,” he said.

The Seventh Prosecutor asked to do an inspection on Martinelli’s computer to confirm if these e-mails were true, but he refused. Herrera’s defense considered this inspection was fundamental to prove the truth of these e-mails.

“I KNOW THEY WILL SENTENCE US”

When Herrera was consulted about the information in La Opinión, she said she still didn’t know about the judge’s decision, but she predicted she was not going to be acquitted. “The judge has not given us the sentence, but whatever it is, we will receive this sentence,” said Herrera. “I know they will convict us,” she said.

She said she is aware that she faced Martinelli directly “and his system,” but “we will not remain silent.” “What’s happening to this justice administration is a shame,” she said.

In the last interview of Pulso de la Nación (August 2013), 78% believed justice is selective, because the law is not applied on everyone. Herrera’s process was the only one opened for Finmeccaninca’s case.

The complaint against the PRD member was presented by Ana Belfon, who at the time was the secretary of legal affairs of the Presidency and today she is the Attorney General, per Martinelli’s order. (Prensa)

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4 Subjects Arrested In Arraijan For Drug Possession

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Today, The National Police Of Arraijan in conjunction with the GAS, arrested four subjects who remained in possession of different types of drugs, a police communication device and 5 wigs, allegedly used to commit crimes.

The arrest took place inside of a house without number, located in the district of El Valle del Chumical in Vacamonte, district of Arraijan.

The Deputy Commissioner of the area, Gilberto Cuevas, said these subjects allegedly wore wigs and black colored sweaters to hide their identities and commit all sorts of crimes.

Among those arrested was a woman and a minor who were put under the orders of the competent authorities.(TVN)

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Three Subjects Are Arrested After They Try To Kidnap A Child In Tocumen

Crime & PunishmentA 25-year-old mother risked her life to recover his three-year-old child, who was kidnapped by criminals on Tuesday afternoon, in Tocumen.

The event took place while the child was playing with his one-year-old brother by the entrance of the grocery store Veraguas, in La Siesta, Tocumen.

The M.O. used by the criminals, which was recorded by the security system of the establishment, shows a simple operation.

In the screen you can see the moment when the two criminals arrived at the store, pretending to be other customers, but in less than a minute they attacked their victims.

Both criminals were hiding their faces with hats, making it difficult for the investigators to recognize them.

The first one arrived at 1:38 p.m., he was wearing a black t-shirt, blue jeans and sneakers. He pretends to be another customer. Cold and calculating, skinny, he walks past the cashier without raising any suspicion and walks towards the end of the hall, far from the reach of the video recorder.

Seconds later, his accomplice, skinny, shorter than the first one, was wearing a light blue t-shirt, short jeans, and black flip flops.

The latter stares at the two children for about ten seconds, and in this moment his partner arrives and pays for what he purchased, blocking the view of the Chinese woman with his body. It is assumed that they made some sort of signal because the criminal that was staring at the children walked towards the two children, took the bigger one by his shirt and ran towards the street on the other side of the store, followed by his partner.

The child started crying and Me Tin Wang, 25, the child’s mother, left the store three seconds after the criminals left.

The woman opened the back door of the taxi; a Hyundai, license plate 178094 and taxi ID 8RI291, and started struggling with the criminals. At this moment, one of the neighbors who was watching the whole situation started shouting that the little child was being kidnapped, and the vehicle of the criminals could not start so in the middle of the struggle the woman managed to pull the child from his foot, saving him from the criminals.

When the criminals realized the neighbors were calling the National Police, they got out of the car and abandoned it and took off running through the bushes.

Witnesses say there were two in the back and another one on the wheel.

A source from the National Police said the car would not start because it was out of gas. Officials from the Judicial Investigations Directorate found two knives and other articles inside the car.

The National Police started an operation to look for the criminals, who had not been captured It was reported that the owner of the vehicle lives in Juan Díaz and it’s only a matter of time until he is arrested. (Critica)

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President Said There Will Be Many Surprises Related To Messina's Case

Crime & PunishmentPresident Ricardo Martinelli said everyone will be surprised after they know who was involved in the homicide case of the lawyer Juan Ramón Messina.

He also said deputy Raúl Pineda has nothing to do with it and said there is a witness under protection.

"During the next few days there will be many surprises and surprised, and this is why I believe no one should judge before truly knowing what’s going on,” said Martinelli.

He also gave an advice to the PRD, to learn how to choose their candidates, because he said there is going to be an issue in San Miguelito.

"Two members in the party were killed, these situations must be avoided at all cost and whoever wins must do so through the votes and not at gunpoint,” said the president. (Panama America)

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