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The Driver Of A Bus Was Killed While On Route

Crime & PunishmentThe driver of a pirate bus from the route Gran Estación-Chilibre with the license plate 150014, was killed after he was shot by a stranger in the area of San Pablo on the main road of the Transístmica.

He was allegedly shot to take the 16 dollars he had made that day for taking passengers, this was unofficially known.

According to the reports, the secretary of the driver said it was the first time he worked with him. The driver died on the same seat where he was shot. (Critica)

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Five Subjects Were Arrested After The Police Raided Their Apartment

Crime & PunishmentThe police raided an apartment during an operation and discovered a criminal network involved in drug and weapon trafficking. Five subjects were arrested, and there were two women among them.

The Judicial Investigation Department (DIJ) from the National Police restricted the plans of a network of Panamanians dedicated to committing crimes and trafficking illegal substances from the place they considered to be their bunker, according to the institution.

The development of the operation called “White,” formed by Narcotics Units of the DIJ has been in progress for a while through surveillance of dangerous criminal elements that were operating from an apartment in a building located in Avenida Balboa.

The room of these subjects was raided by the narcotics units from the DIJ together with the staff of the Drug Prosecutor and found around $12 thousand in cash, an AK-47, 1,400 munitions for the AK-47, an M4, 22 kilos of cocaine, two bags of cannabis, night bision goggles, a GPS, a laptop, and three vehicles (a Land Cruiser, Navara and Hilux).

After this procedure five Panamanians were arrested; three men of 34, 36 and 37 and two women of 25 and 26 years old, all of them are currently being handled by the Drug Prosecutor. (Estrella)

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A Gang Is Believed To Be Involved In Messina's Murder

Crime & PunishmentThe gang "Calor Calor" is a suspect in the murder of the lawyer and delegate of the PRD, Juan Ramón Messina, according to a source linked to the investigations. The killer was a minor who lives in the city.

So far, the candidate running for deputy from the PRD and Messina’s wife, Kathy Ramos, gave her statement before the Auxiliary Prosecutor’s Office yesterday, where she detailed how two killers showed up at the restaurant "Donde Renato" and one of them shot her husband.

Before this, she blamed the deputy from her party, Raúl Pineda, of being the intelectual author of this murder during live TV.

Ramos talked about the last encounter between Messina and Pineda during a meeting of the PRD last Sunday, in which he allegedly threatened to kill him.

"I sat in the front by the third row and he was sitting in the back. I didn’t see when he spoke with Raúl Pineda...my husband’s blood pressure was very high after the event, because he felt pressured and worried. He told me: I feel something is going to happen. In Raúl’s eyes I could see he was going to keep his promise.”

Pineda said he was not going to start a fight with the widow, and he said he is willing to be investigated, and for this he said he will have his parliamentary immunity removed.

Alfredo Vallarino, Ramos’s lawyer, said they are determining if they will file a complaint against Pineda before the Supreme Court of Justice. (Critica)

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College Students Were Mugged During Class

Crime & PunishmentThe students from the Economy School of the Regional University Center in Colon (CRUC), were mugged during class.

This is the second time this happens at the institution.

The event took place while the teacher was teaching and two subjects came inside the center unnoticed.

There were no injured or victims caused by this incident. (Critica)

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The Public Prosecutor Started Conducting The Investigations For Messina's Case

Crime & PunishmentThe second prosecutor of the regional unit in San Miguelito, Argentina Barrera, will be in charge of the investigations of the murder of the lawyer and member of the PRD, Juan Ramón Messina, who was murdered yesterday, September 23.

Barrera said they started the investigation once this event took place together with the Prosecutor’s Office, the Homicides Unit, the Forensics Unit and the entire investigative unit required for the case.

When she was asked if there were any suspects identified, she said she can’t give many details on the case. But she said they will focus on doing an “objective” investigation, based on real evidence and following the procedures established by the law.

Regarding the side of the story given by the relatives of Messina, who link the deputy Raúl Pineda as the responsible of this murder, Barrera said this process is still on the first stage, and therefore she can’t give any statements, because this might affect the Investigations.

In this sense, the secretary general of the Public Prosecutor, Ramsés Barrera, said they are collecting all the evidence and information they need.

“The first thing we must do before accusing anyone is collecting evidence, because this will tell us who is going to be investigated and based on what: on being the intellectual author or the direct murderer.”

He said the Attorney General’s Office will be assisting them, with their support, material and human resources required for the investigation.

At the moment, the National Police is currently running different operations in San Miguelito to try and locate the suspects of this homicide. (Prensa)

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Kathy Ramos, Messina's Wife, Blamed Pineda For Her Husband's Murder

Crime & Punishment"Today Raul Pineda finally did what he promised, he killed my husband through his organized gangs, a year ago I said Raul Pineda is a murderer" said the candidate running for deputy from the PRD, Kathy Ramos, who could barely speak, accusing her fellow party member and rival in the electoral contest of the death of her husband, the lawyer Juan Ramón Messina, who was murdered today in San Miguelito.

Ramos said Pineda told Messina during a political activity of the PRD on Saturday, “that he had a package, and he would deliver it during this week.”

"He just left me all by myself with my four children, the entire country must know that someone who is capable of murdering is not forgiven by God, and I ask the authorities to investigate him,” said Ramos.

The media was the scenario of many confrontations between Messina and Pineda due to political issues.

The whole story started with the death of a colleague of Pineda in January 2012, which took place in Calle K, San Miguelito, and Pineda blamed Messina for it. Later on, the Public Security Minister, José Raúl Mulino, accused Pineda of being someone with a double morale and Messina of leading a gang in Colon.

Then, Messina fought back and denied this by saying Pineda was allied with Martinelli and said all these issues started when his wife (Ramos) decided to go into politics. Ramos wants to be deputy in the same circuit as Pineda. (Telemetro)

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The Leader From The PRD Juan Ramón Messina Was Murdered

Crime & PunishmentThis afternoon Juan Ramón Messina, husband of the candidate for deputy of the PRD Kathy Ramos, was murdered.

Messina, lawyer, was murdered at the restaurant Renato in Paraiso, San Miguelito.

So far there are not many details confirmed by the authorities; however, preliminary reports state that Messina was murdered by a gunshot to the head. Messina died in the San Miguel Arcángel Hospital.

The authorities are looking for two minors who are suspects in the case. Messina was together with his wife, the candidate Kathy Ramos, when the murderers arrived at the area shooting at them. (TVN)

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Child Trafficker Was Extradited To From Panama To Costa Rica

Crime & PunishmentA child trafficker was extradited to Costa Rica on Thursday from Panama, to serve a sentence of 10 years in prison.

The foreign citizen Levy Berger, known as Rolf Salmon, of 72 years old, was arrested on November 2012 in Panama after the Justice Courts in Costa Rica issued an international arrest warrant for the subject.

Berger was sentenced in 2006, but since then he was on the run. The Police in Panama arrested him when he was trying to go to Colombia with a fake identity.

Costa Rica requested his extradition after he was captured by the authorities in Panama, and took him to Palmar Sur de Osa in Puntarenas, and then to Base Dos in the international airport Juan Santamaría.

This subject also has Cuban and Russian nationalities. Yesterday afternoon he was transmitted to the Prosecutor’s Office against Organized Crime.

Another subject was also recently moved by the Interpol to Base Dos. His name is Wilberth Valenzuela Mosquera, of 30 years old, known as Marlon Andrés Seballo Paz.

He was sentenced to prison for the homicide of his Héctor Emilio Torres Hurtado, which took place on July 28, 2007. Torres received two gunshots when he was at the bar of the hotel Centroamericano, in downtown San José.

Valenzuela was sentenced with prison a year later, but, it wasn’t until 2009 that an international arrest warrant was issued for him.

While he was leaving Colombia towards Panama, he was arrested in Panama after the Interpol received an alert about the subject and since then they started the extradition process.

This subject had already been arrested before on January 20, 2011 by agents from the Interpol in the Airport of Panama to face Justice in our country, but it was not possible to know why he was on the run again after he was captured. (Panama America)

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Galo Lara Does Not Have An Arrest Warrant In Panama And He Is Free

Crime & PunishmentThe Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fernando Núñez Fábrega, confirmed the former legislator from Ecuador Galo Lara does not have an arrest warrant in Panama, therefore he is free.

Núñez Fábrega said Lara asked Panama for political asylum, which is why they are currently analyzing the request.

Meanwhile, a delegation of officials from Ecuador arrived today at the Foreign Ministry to inform they would formalize the extradition request.

The agency reported Lara was sentenced to 10 years in prison when he was declared complicit in a triple homicide on August 2011.

Last September 16 it was reported that the former Assembly member for the Patriotic Society Party was arrested at the Marcos A. Gelabert Airport in Albrook.

Núñez Fábrega said all they have in Panama from Lara is his asylum request. On the other hand, the extradition request has not been formalized yet.

He said they have an adversarial system of criminal justice in Ecuador and the request must be sent to the Supreme Court, then they must celebrate a hearing and then the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will send the request to the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Panama must determine if there is enough evidence proving Lara is being politically persecuted or if he actually committed a crime. (Prensa)

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A Subject Tries To Get Away With Pick-pocketing But Is Caught Within Minutes

Crime & PunishmentA subject who was arrested on Tuesday in the 24 de Diciembre thought he would have the same luck of the pickpocket from San Miguelito who managed to escape from a police unit; after he managed to escape when he was arrested for participating in a fight, but this time the National Police captured him at the moment.

The scene of this event was a small shopping center near La Doña. The subject was arrested and taken in the police patrol but he jumped out of the vehicle and started running away.

The police unit chased the subject, but this time, unlike the case in San Miguelito, the Police did not stop until he caught the criminal. The police officer even tried to block his path by moving his vehicle close to him but he was skillful enough to dodge this attempt and ran even faster, however the unit chased him until he grabbed the subject.

This persecution lasted a couple of minutes, because the subject ran through the entire shopping center.

Earlier in the week, the pickpocket who escaped at the Gran Estación was later arrested. (Telemetro)

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Former Opposition Legislator From Ecuador Was Arrested In Panama

Crime & PunishmentThe Prosecutor’s Office from Ecuador informed about the arrest in Panama of the former opposition legislator Galo Lara, who was sentenced to ten years in prison when he was declared as complicit in a triple crime on August 2011.

The former assembly member from the Patriotic Society Party was arrested at the airport Marcos A. Gelabert in Albrook in Panama City, according to the information published on the website of the Prosecutor’s Office.

"According to the Interpol of Panama, Lara was coming from Colombia and entered the country from Puerto Obaldía in Darien,” says the website.

It also says that Lara had a red notice since September 10 and the Interpol also informed the former assembly member is arrested and “being handled by the National Immigration Service and his deportation is being coordinated with the authorities in Ecuador.”

Lara, who was sentenced on September 2 to 10 years in prison, was found innocent by the justice system last December, but he was then accused to be the “mastermind” behind the death of a couple and their son in Quinsaloma, case in which four people were sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Carolina Llanos, sentenced as the mastermind of the case, had a sentimental relationship with Lara, who was part of the National Assembly until May and strongly criticized the Government. (Panama America)

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Body Was Found In Ancon

Crime & PunishmentThe body of a 23-year-old man was found with several stab wounds by people who were on their way to work, few meters from the entrance of a hotel, located on the side of the forest road in Ancon.

The body was found at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday.

Units from the police of the area arrived at the site and confirmed this report.

The man was indigenous and he had multiple knife wounds in different parts of his body.

He was also injured and cut behind his ears, and around his eyebrows, as if he was tortured, according to a source in charge of the investigations.

He was wearing jeans, a wine-red checked shirt, and Adidas sneakers.

He was found with a black suitcase. Inside of it 60 dollars were found.

Right next to the victim two knives were found, which will be submitted to analysis by the Forensics Department from the Legal Medicine Institute, to determine if they were used in this crime.

Investigative sources said everything indicates the body was placed here after they killed him, taking advantage of the darkness. No one has identified him yet.

The body was removed after 9:00 a.m. by officials from the Legal Medicine and Forensic Science Institute.

The Homicides Department from the Judicial Investigations Department (DIJ) are looking to determine what was the motive of this murder while the body is being identified, and so far they believe it had nothing to do with a robbery. (Critica)

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The Woman Found In Las Acacias Was Identified As A Minor

Crime & PunishmentThe woman found on Saturday morning in a field located in Villas de las Acacias, Juan Diaz, was identified by the Police as a 16-year-old minor.

According to a police source the last time they saw the girl was Friday night when she left her home together with another minor.

Afterwards, she was found dead inside a puddle of water with a bullet hole in her chest.

The girl, whose name was not provided by the Police because she was a minor and in order to not affect the investigations, lived in El Nance, Juan Diaz.

The authorities said they are still investigating to determine the cause of this homicide and in order to locate the criminals responsible of this situation.

So far no one has been arrested for this crime. (Siglo)

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Naval Engineer Demands $5 Million From The Government

Crime & PunishmentRafael Martínez, naval engineer, who reported he was unfairly arrested and beaten by the police a year ago, filed a lawsuit before the Supreme Court of Justice against the Government for $5 million.

Rafael Martínez, father and attorney of the plaintiff, went before the Supreme Court of Justice today in order to demand compensation for his child.

In September of last year Martínez was hanging out with his girlfriend at a party on the third floor of a building in San Miguel, Calidonia, when the police arrived.

According to the complaint, ten agents brutally beat the young man and arrested him without any charges for over 24 hours. Pictures displayed by the family clearly showed the young man with his face swollen and bruised.

The 24-year-old man said he still suffers from sequels of the beating. (TVN)

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Woman Was Found Dead In Las Acacias

Crime & PunishmentThe body of a woman was found in a hole full of water in a land located in Villa de Las Acacias.

The woman had a hole in her body which is assumed to be caused by a bullet.

Staff from the Public Prosecutor and the DIJ arrived at the scene to remove the body and start with the investigation. (Critica)

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The Public Registry Detected A Network Of Counterfeiters

Crime & PunishmentThe authorities discovered a criminal network dedicated to illegally take lands by falsifying documents.

The investigators revealed this was a group formed by foreigners and former officials from the Public Registry.

Hernando Carrasquilla, director of the Public Registry, revealed they have received 10 complaints related to this network.

Carrasquilla said these anomalies, in which documents were falsified and taken to the notary to make them seem like they were original, took place outside of the institution.

Raúl Castillo, president of the School of Notaries, said among the measures they will undertake is the creation of a biometric system for verifying all foreigners who appear before the notary to certify documents.

Currently, they only verify documents with the signature, but the biometric system will take their finger prints, which is a foolproof method. (Panama America)

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Colombian Wanted For Terrorism Was Arrested In Panama

Crime & PunishmentThe director of the National Border Service (Senafront), Frank Ábrego, confirmed they captured the Colombian citizen Libardo Parra Vargas, who was wanted for terrorism, smuggling weapons, extortion, among other charges.

According to Ábrego, they arrested him this afternoon thanks to the intelligence service, together with the Colombian authorities in Paso Canoa, Chiriquí.

The Colombian was at a commercial establishment when he was surprised by the authorities.

“We understand he was just going by, because Costa Ricans suspended his asylum in the country, which is why he was going to Panaman,” said Ábrego.

He said they are doing all the necessary paperwork to send him to his country, “we do not rule out the possibility of him being involved in a crime in Panama,” said the director of the Senafront. (TVN)

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Subjects Tried To Kidnap A Family In Coco Del Mar

Crime & PunishmentThree subjects were arrested in Coco del Mar, after they tried to kidnap a family.

The Police arrested these subjects by the Cincuentenario Road, after an exchange of fire in the middle of a police persecution, according to several news channels.

The men were trying to kidnap the family while they were leaving their home in Coco del Mar, new Panama Viejo. (Mi Diario)



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The Introduction Of The Adversarial Criminal System Has Been Positive

Crime & PunishmentTwo years ago the Adversarial Criminal System was introduced in Cocle and Veraguas.

The Prosecutor of Cocle and Veraguas, Roberto Moreno, said the introduction of this system has been positive. “We can solve cases such as a low profile homicide in a couple of hours, and any assault receives a sentence,” he said.

He also said the most difficult case they ever had was the homicide of the former Governor of Cocle, Darío Fernández.

Difference between the new and the old system

This new system helps solving a low profile case in a matter of hours, something impossible with the previous system, which is still being used in the rest of the country, and if it is a high profile case it is also solved in a decent amount of time.

"There is no perfect system in the world, but it is innovative. It does require more resources in order for it to work to its full potential,” he said.

He also said the Public Prosecutor has a total of 96% sentences with this system. (Panama America)

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Surinamese Was Transferred To The United States

Crime & PunishmentThe Executive Branch of Panama authorized the simple and conditioned transfer of Dino Bouterse to the United States, son of the president of Surinam, Dési Bouterse, per Washington’s request.

The Foreign Ministry of Panama explained the extradition decision was based on public order and social interest reasons, according to the Article 552-A from the Criminal Code, from the Law No. 35 from 23 May 2013.

Dino Bouterse was arrested at the International Airport of Tocumen on Thursday, while he was trying to enter the country to allegedly conduct commercial and private transactions.

According to the article, Bouterse had an arrest warrant for the crimes of conspiracy for importing cocaine to the United States, carrying a weapon during a crime related to drug trafficking and for his ties with terrorist groups.

The arrest warrant was issued by the Federal Prosecutor of the South District of New York last August 20, 2013. The Surinamese citizen was charged with these counts in 2005 and sentenced to eight years in prison and was released in 2008. (Siglo)

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Businessman And Son Were Found Dead In The South Corridor

Crime & PunishmentThe businessman Salvatore Cipponeri and his son, Daniel of 55 and 22 years old respectively, were found dead inside an abandoned truck in the South Corridor, near the entrance to Llano Bonito.

According to the reports, they both received gunshots on their face and body.

Cipponeri owned a liquor store and a pawnshop in the Colon Free Zone.

The authorities are investigating the event to know the cause behind this crime and find the murderers. (Critica)

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30 Women Dedicated To Clandestine Prostitution Were Arrested

Crime & Punishment30 undocumented women dedicated to clandestine prostitution were arrested by officials from the City Government together with the National Police.

The operation covered many bars and discotheques in Calle Uruguay, Bella Vista.

The women were taken to the Municipality in Pedregal, where they were fined. (Critica)

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Beheaded Man Was Found In Chilibre

Crime & PunishmentThe dead body of a beheaded man was found in Ñajú in Chilibre, nearby a livestock pasture.

The Police went to the area after they received a call from the community, who informed the authorities of the body.

So far the identity of this person is unknown.

Authorities from the Police and the DIJ were at the area until staff from the Public Ministry arrived to remove the body. (TVN)

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Explosive Device Was Thrown At A House In San Antonio

Crime & PunishmentSome subjects inside a white sedan threw an explosive device at a house located in Villas de Camino Real in San Antonio, Rufina Alfaro, in San Miguelito.

Bomb squad units from the National Police went immediately to assist the family, who was not affected directly, but the explosive opened a hole in the roof, burnt the hammock and caused minor damage to the vehicle parked in the garage.

Experts are analyzing and investigating the situation to try and determine what type of explosive device was activated.

The event caused horror among the family and the neighbors. This took place at 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

An operation was undertaken to try and locate the criminals. (Critica)

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Man Was Found Dead By The Juan Pablo II Road

Crime & PunishmentUnits from the National Police found the dead body of a white man with light-colored eyes of approximately 50 years old.

The authorities found him by the Juan Pablo II road, very closet o the Metropolitan Park.

The body was wrapped in red tape and the authorities were informed about this crime through an anonymous call.

The authorities are currently investigating this event. (Critica)

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Two Bodies Were Found Inside A Vehicle In Colon

Crime & PunishmentTwo bodies were found inside a vehicle on Wednesday morning near the Chinese cemetery in Colon.

They were two men, whose identities are still unknown, one of them was sitting in the back seat and the other one was inside the trunk of the car. Both victims had their hands tied.

The vehicle was a gray Toyota Corolla with the license plate number 642044, and it had several bullet holes.

The vehicle was located by units from the National Police. (TVN)

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The Union Leader Mariano Mena Was Accused Of Physically Abusing Of His Goddaughter

Crime & Punishment"A man who hits women is a coward” said the lawyer Alejandro Pérez referring to the union leader Mariano Mena, who has made strong accusations against many politicians in the country.

Pérez said Mena can go to prison for 6 to 10 years for abuse, because his goddaughter requested Pérez’s services after she reported physical abuse. The lawyer filed a criminal complaint against Mena. “We will hunt him down until he goes to jail; a union leader has to do what he preaches,” said Pérez.

According to the lawyer, Mena’s goddaughter had injuries on her collarbone, coccyx and other parts of her body. He also said Mena abused of his wife and mother-in-law.

The union leader has been accused of making strong comments, one of them during a press conference of the Front for Democracy. The leader reported political persecution from the current government.

The lawyer said he is doing this as a lawyer and not for political persecution. Mena said Pérez was one of the lawyers who was acting against him. (Telemetro)

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National Police Arrested A Journalist Who Was Required By A Court

Crime & PunishmentThe journalist from Colon Enrique Watts Ríos informed through his Twitter account that he is currently kept under custody by the National Police.

However, according to the National Police, Watts Ríos was arrested because he is required by a Court, due to an investigation for the charge of forgery.

Watts Ríos, through his Twitter account, said he was arrested after the “Pele Police (a quick search system used by the Police containing a wide database on people who are required by the law)” showed information stating he was required by a court.

The National Police said Watts Ríos was taken from the headquarters in La Feria to the main headquarters in the city of Colon and is currently being handled by the deputy commissioner of the area, Porfirio Justavino.

The journalist published through Twitter that he was being required through the “Arrest Warrant No. 1243 from May 17, 2013, from the First Court of Panama for the charge of forgery. This is why I’m currently arrested.” (Prensa)

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7 Thousand Dollars Were Stolen From A Man After He Left The Bank

Crime & PunishmentThree Colombian men stole 7 thousand dollars from a citizen after he left a bank in Los Pueblos, Juan Diaz.

According to the police report, the criminals were stalking the victim while he was leaving the bank and then followed him in the car.

The criminals crashed the victim’s vehicle, forcing him to stop and then they approached him and stole the money.

However, after the event was reported, the National Police started an operation around the area to find them. While they were escaping from the police the criminals crashed several vehicles and a delivery truck.

Finally, the Police intercepted them at the Domingo Diaz road by the entrance of San Antonio, where they finally captured them and found the stolen money in the vehicle. (TVN)

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Noriega's Family Expects The Authorities To Take The Best Decision On His Case

Crime & PunishmentThe family members of the former Panamanian dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega are expecting the authorities to decide what’s best for him, regarding their petition of having him serve the rest of his sentence at home.

Sandra Noriega, daughter of the military official, said the place where his father is (El Renacer prison) does not have the best conditions to assist him. He also said his father has the physical limitations expected for someone his age (78 years old).

In this sense, Noriega said the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences denied the request made by the doctors from her family for his father to serve his time at home. We have not received the official answer yet, which is why we can’t get into details, she said. “But we know everything has its time,” she said.

Recently, a report from the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences (Imelcef) sent to the Second Superior Court of Justice, confirmed Noriega’s health conditions have not changed from the time of his arrival at the country on December 2011. From that time until know he is suffering the same health issues, according to the report.

Last June, a group of doctors from the Imelcf evaluated him at El Renacer, as part of a request from his lawyers to receive a different provisional measure from preventive arrest that was applied to him as part of the process he has for the murder of Heliodoro Portugal in 1970.

The former dictator has six sentences for a total of 67 years in prison, two of these of 20 years each for the murders of Hugo Spadafora in 1985 and Moises Girold in 1989. He was also convicted to 15 years in prison for the Albrook massacre in 1989. (Prensa)

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