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Child Pornography Was Found in Samudio's Computer

Crime & PunishmentThe lawyer of the plaintiff in the trial for the murder of Aira Guadalupe Guerra said this Wednesday that Alvaro Samudio’s (who recently turned himself in) computer in the Public Ministry had child pornography, a compromising video of a lawyer and other personal pictures from officials of the Public Ministry in which they appear hanging out in different locations.

Vega also said he will request the Attorney Luis Martinez, to obtain all the evidence found in Samudio’s computer to investigate him for child pornography and embezzlement for using computers from the Public Ministry for his personal use.

The evidence was found during the raid conducted on his computer as part of the investigation process of the death of Aira Guerra, who was murdered on November 30 and her body was found in Bagala, Boqueron. (Critica)

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Alvaro Samudio Turned Himself in

Crime & PunishmentAlvaro Samudio, who has been a fugitive for almost a month after an arrest warrant was issued against him by the First Superior Prosecutor’s Office of Chiriqui for being a suspect in the murder of the young college student, Aira Guadalupe Guerra, finally turned himself in this afternoon.

Samudio, who seemed nervous when he arrived at the Public Ministry, was holding a Bible and said he was innocent of the death of Aira Guadalupe Guerra.

"I would never stain my hands with blood, I am totally innocent, the Public Prosecutor is accusing me of something I have not done,” explained the former chief of experts from the Public Ministry in Chiriqui.

Roberto Murga Torraza said they take the defense of Alvaro Samudio from that moment and this proves he is innocence because he approached the authorities by his own.

The girl’s body was found on December 3, 2012, by the main road of Bagala, in Boqueron, Chiriqui. (Dia A Dia)

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Edilberto Moreno is Arrested At His Residence As A Suspect Of A Homicide

Crime & PunishmentEdilberto Moreno, owner of Sandi Cars was arrested at his residence at noon by units from the department of homicides of the Public Ministry and taken to the headquarters of this institution.

Moreno, who left his home handcuffed and escorted by units of the Police Investigation Department, was taken to the jail of the Public Ministry for interrogation.

Moreno’s arrest was ordered because he could not prove through documents who was driving the white Land Cruiser between November 30 and December 3. The authorities were able to find DNA of the deceased in the trunk of this car.

Silverio Guerra is also arrested because he is the owner of the vehicle, and he assures he purchased it on January 26, 2013.

Currently, Rolando Samudio and Silverio Guerra are arrested in the prison of David during the process of this investigation. At the time, Álvaro Samudio remains fugitive. (Dia A Dia)

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Prisoner Escapes The Santo Tomas Hospital

Crime & PunishmentA dangerous criminal who was being treated in the emergency room at the Santo Tomás Hospital escaped from the facilities.

His name is Manuel Canovia, who was recently arrested for being involved in an assault.

The subject had five bullet wounds and is being processed at La Joya prison. (TVN)

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The National Police Arrested A Costa Rican Wanted By The Interpol

Crime & PunishmentAgents from the National Police, through surveillance and investigations, arrested a Costa Rican in San Pablo, David.

Police officials reported the suspect will be handed over to the authorities in Costa Rica in Paso Canoa.

Mayor Rodolfo Jiménez from the National Police in Chiriqui confirmed he was arrested during Wednesday afternoon.

The Costa Rican is wanted for money laundering and drug trafficking in the Republic of Costa Rica. (Prensa)

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Aguadulce is Turning into A Dangerous And Violent City

Crime & PunishmentViolence takes over the streets of the city of Aguadulce. Murders, assaults and shootings between rival gangs of young people are registered constantly, maintaining the population alarmed. The citizens request the authorities to intervene and control this social problem.

In less than 15 days there have been several homicides. One of these events was the murder of a young newspaper vendor who was shot dead in the city. Days later, on Friday, June 7, a 54 year-old man, dedicated to the business of purchasing gold, was also shot to death.

Until then, all these cases were involved with common crimes and gang wars, and many of the citizens could even see young people carrying guns around. However, on Sunday, two young men between 19 and 20 years old, on bicycles and with their faces covered, started shooting at a pickup driven by Jorge Herrera, president of the Association of Municipalities of Panama and representative of Los Barrios Unidos, while he was carrying a group of young people who participated in a sporting event in the neighborhood of Los Marineros.

Due this incident, Rafael Estevez is still in the hospital of Aguadulce after he was hit by a bullet in one hand. Fortunately, the mayor Herrera came out unharmed. The Public Ministry is conducting the investigations to find those responsible for this assault.

CRIME IS GROWING

Julio Botello, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Aguadulce and Nata, complained about the surge in violence in Cocle, which has been increasing for over two years, with many shootings and robberies in the areas of Rio Hato , Anton and Aguadulce, as well as other horrible crimes such as the murder of the former governor of the province, Darío Fernández Jaén and the businessman Paul Carrizo Arango, both in Penonomé.

"Business owners are terrified about this situation, to the point they are thinking about installing more surveillance cameras and getting together with the National Police to start with the program “Vigilant Merchants” he said.

To Botello, one of the most serious problems in Aguadulce is family disruption, for which there are no programs directed by the government or the authorities to focus on resolving the issue.

So far in 2013 in the province of Cocle there have been 13 homicides, out of which 6 took place in Aguadulce. (Prensa)

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Two Panamanians Were Arrested For Possession Of Firearm And Rape

Crime & PunishmentTwo Panamanians were arrested this weekend by units of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) of the National Police.

The first arrest occurred Saturday on the main road of Don Bosco, San Miguelito, where judicial investigators arrested 30 year old Gabriel Francisco Fajardo, who was sentenced to four years in prison for the crime of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Meanwhile, a 42 year old was detained by capture units of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ), holding remand order for the crime of aggravated rape, to the detriment of a citizen. (Mi Diario)

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Interpol Captures Ecuadorian Wanted For Fraud

Crime & PunishmentThe Ecuadorian, Boris David López Mendoza, 25 years old, was captured in the capital of panama, after being wanted for committing 29 counts of fraud in Ecuador and credit card cloning in Panama.

López Mendoza, who was in the country illegally, was caught on Friday June 7th 2013 by Interpol units while leaving a hotel located in Albrook.

According to preliminary investigations abroad is also required by the Panamanian authorities after the alleged cloning of a credit card to the detriment of a client of the hotel where he worked.

So far in 2013, the Panama Interpol Office has arrested 22 foreigners applied internationally. (TVN)

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors - June 5th Meeting at Ranchos las Toros

Crime & PunishmentBy Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - You have probably heard by now there was another (second) violent assault and robbery at the Ranchos Los Toros restaurant in San Carlos. In response, the community organized another meeting to address issues of crime and violence, and the need for a response by the Panamanian government. I received the following this morning via email from someone who attended the meeting;

"I attending a meeting at the Ranchos las Toros restaurant held to address the rising crime in the greater Coronado community. It was stressed that this group wants to support the local police and work to supplement their resources by placing pressure on government officials. With the turn out tonight, I believe it definitely has the ear of the government.

If I understood correctly, attendees included the Director of the Ministry of Tourism, Commissioner of Tourist Police, Assistant District Attorney from the Attorney General’s Office, The Mayor of San Carlos, multiple high level police and legal personnel.

Other speakers included Roberto Chocolate of www.retirementdetective.com, a representative from the Gorgona Vigilantes Group, Mark from the Boquette crime stoppers group, and a detective from that group that has been investigating the recent Ranchos las Toros robbery. The event was covered by the press including a TV camera crew.

They pointed out that the Ministry of Tourism spent $50M to promote the safety of Panama; they do not want to jeopardize that investment.

The group is developing a database of crimes to present to officials accurate figures of the crime in the area. Reporting a crime was covered and emphasized that if it isn’t reported, it makes the area crime appear less than it is and cannot be solved. Anyone that has been the victim of a crime is encouraged to contact Roberto Chocolate to add to the statistics collected.

Proof that the government is taking this seriously was the announcement of two new Designated Prosecutors that will be in San Carlos and Chame to expedite search warrants and local investigations. Many of the police are now learning English. Three more police cars, totaling six, and some of the new police academy graduates will be assigned to San Carlos. It was pointed out that San Carlos isn’t a sleepy fishing village anymore; it’s another Coronado, surrounded by many expensive resorts and gated developments.

Another project the group hopes of achieve is a dispatch service using a database of local citizens. If you need help, you call the dispatcher and say you are number XXX and need the police/ambulance/fire department. The dispatcher notifies the proper authorities giving them directions to your house so you aren’t struggling to explain in Spanish. This service was started in Boquettte and with other efforts of that group, they reported the crime rate decreased 90%.

The group also has a Reward and Investigation Fund (RIF) that assists police in solving crimes leading to the prosecution of those criminals. A wanted poster with a reward still is an effective tool in fighting crime. They can also file civil lawsuits against the criminals which give them access to all of the reports and court documents, and freezes the assets of the criminals. All these projects require capital and donations can be given through Roberto Chocolate listed above."

Editor's Comment: Hopefully the government of Panama and the National Police, in conjunction with the prosecutors of the Public Ministry, will get serious about both preventing crime, and catching those who have targeted the members of the English speaking expatriate community in Panama. It's good to see the residents of these areas banding together, sharing ideas, and comparing experiences, and working towards a long term strategic solution. I would encourage the members of these communities to keep working, and strengthening their bonds, ties, and contacts with the Panamanian authorities - because that's where the real solution lies. It all comes down to assets (people, cars, radios) and resources (money) the government of Panama can use - if they choose to - in order to improve security and reduce crime.

My observation upon reading the results of this meeting is that it sounds a whole lot like the last meeting. Lots of people were there. The government made promises, but nothing really tangible actually happened, and the second attack against the Rancho Los Toros was not prevented. Will the third attack be prevented? Will those responsible be caught and brought to justice? That remains to be seen. There's always hope.

I would also like to make a recommendation. As this process moves forward, the members of the English speaking community of expatriates should ignore the inevitable crazed rantings of the most vocal "Don Winner hater" (whose name and website I refuse to mention). He always responds with illogical, insane, and emotionally charged vitriol whenever the community comes together in a positive fashion, in an attempt to improve personal security and fight crime. His father committed suicide with a shotgun when he was a child, so he describes anyone who recommends using a firearm for home defense as a "gun nut." That same idiot said I was supposedly selling "stun guns" or some other such nonsense at the last meeting. He's simply crazy - and his agenda takes precedence over everything else. Just ignore him and go about the important business of improving your levels of personal security, working within the legal framework provided by the law, in conjunction with local law enforcement and government personnel. Best of luck to you all.

Copyright 2013 Panama-Guide.com.

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Customs in Panama Seized Approximately $200,000 in Less Than 24 Hours

Crime & PunishmentCustoms officials from the Tocumen International Airport in Panama seized 170,346 dollars in less than 24 hours from a Panamanian and an Ecuadorian who arrived at the airport separately, according to the National Customs Authority (ANA).

In the first case, the inspectors retained $155,226 from a Panamanian who arrived to the country from the Dominican Republic and offered $5,000 to the officials as hush money, according to the statement from ANA.

The money withheld from Panamanian, unidentified, was found in a false bottom of one of his bags he passed his luggage through the scanner.

In another similar case, ANA officials from the airport of Tocumen seized $15,120 from an Ecuadorian who was coming from his country, and was hiding the undeclared money in a backpack and a suitcase.

Panamanian law requires that all travelers entering the country must declare any amount exceeding $10,000 in cash or securities and failure to do so may result in the seizure of the money and in customs penalties. (Panama America)

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Two Panamanians And A Costa Rican Detained For Trafficking Asians

Crime & PunishmentThe Prosecutor's Office initiated the investigation against a Costa Rican citizen and two Panamanians, for trafficking nine Asians who entered through Guabito Panama, Bocas del Toro and were stopped in the post Guabalá by Integrated Control in the Tolé district when they noticed the Panamanian visas were falsified.

The Costa Rican and Panamanian are detained at the Public Prosecutor in David.

The Asians were transferred today from the National Police Headquarters by the National Migration to Panama City for deportation to Costa Rica. (Panama America)

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Investigation On The Murder Of College Student In David Continues

Crime & PunishmentPolice last night collected more evidence in the home of Álvaro Samudio, as part of their investigation in the December murder of college student, Aira Isabel Guadalupe Guerra.

The search began at 7:30 pm. Wednesday and took more than four hours.

Prosecutor, Luis Martínez, participated in the search. So far, the police have identified three suspects: Rolando Samudio (the boyfriend of the student), his uncle, Álvaro Samudio and Silverio Guerra Zapata, in whose car, traces of the victim's blood was found.

Police said traces of the victim's blood were also found in the residence they searched through last night. (Prensa)

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Auxiliary Fiscal Office Investigates Scammers

Crime & PunishmentThe Auxiliary Fiscal Office of the Republic has open investigations to locate the responsible of a network of scammers, who were operating from the Public Prison in David.

They found in their cells the cell phones and chips related to the phone calls through which they managed to rip off several businessmen, and these detainees might be transferred to Panama for a deeper investigation.

The Auxiliary Fiscal Office of the Republic raided the Public Prison in David, as part of the investigation conducted regarding the members of a network dedicated to the massive fraud on businessmen and merchants in the country.

Marcelino Aguilar Aizpurúa, Assistant Prosecutor of the Republic, said the raid was conducted as a follow up of the ten investigations on the scams. They have been able to determine many of the phone calls come from the Public Prison of David.

Aguilar said these scams have been going on for about two months, in which they talk about selling pieces of land, cars and other assets, using the names of some of the businessmen in the country. (TVN)

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9 Illegal Immigrants Caught In Chiriquí

Crime & PunishmentNine Asian with fake passports were arrested in the Guabala Comprehensive Control post in the province of Chiriquí, when they were moving to Panama City in bus from Bocas del Toro, driven by two Panamanian and a guide from Costa Rica.

The two Panamanians and the Costa Rican were arrested by the Panamanian authorities, for the alleged crime of illegal immigrants.

Asians are: six women and three men, of which there are three children, two women and a man.

The two Panamanians, Asian and the Costa Rican are still being held at the headquarters of the National Police in David and will be sent to immigration authorities as soon as possible. (Dia A Dia)

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673 Shirts Of The Panamanian Soccer Team Have Been Confiscated

Crime & PunishmentSo far this year, a total of 673 sweaters of the Lotto brand, of the panamanian soccer team selection have been confiscated by the management of Intellectual Property of the National Customs Authority (ANA).

The last of these seizures underwent a Panamanian citizen who arrived at Tocumen International Airport on a flight from Lima, Peru, with 130 suspected counterfeit shirts.

Unlike the previous confiscations, this merchandise had printed the logo of the Panamanian Soccer Federation (FEPAFUT), and distinctive colors of the national flag and the familiar hook which distinguishes the brand NIKE.

The goods could be detected by customs after the subject went through the scanners.

The case will be referred to the Intellectual Property Office of the ANA after the procedure ends. (Panama America)

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Arms Cache Found In Curundú

Crime & PunishmentThe National Police succeeded to detect an arms cache in a vacant lot in the area known as "El Relleno", in the district of Curundú.

In this arms cache, they found several weapons, including an AK-47, and 500 ammunition of different calibers.

Commissioner Raimundo Barroso, a member of the National Police, said this confiscation of weapons is a product of police operations which have been developed in the area. (Critica)

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Lawyer Found With Cocaine And He Flees The Scene

Crime & PunishmentThe authorities in the province of Chiriquí, are on the trail of a lawyer, who last Saturday afternoon, was told to park the car for a review on the scanner and after he parked the car, he immideately fled at full speed.

Noticing the fact police units undertake the persecution and are in pursuit of this citizen, meeting with the abandoned car in the Salao community, in the district of Remedio, at the east of the province.

The car was taken to police headquarters in David, in which, under the drivers seat they managed to find at least about 80 packages of cocaine.

José Flores, Chiriquí area police explained the person has been identified and is they are searching for him. (Critica)

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One Murder Every Four Days In Colón

Crime & PunishmentIn the province of Colón, every four days somebody commits a murder, according to the official statistics revealed. Approximately 38 people have died in violence in the province so far this year.

Residents say they are concerned, because despite recovering weapons and with captures involved, litigation takes too long.

They also expressed concern about the number of children involved in violence. These people indicated they still hope that Colón will again become the "gold cup" it once was. (TVN)

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Project To Create A Penitentiary Police Force Will Be Presented By The Ministry Of Government

Crime & PunishmentCorruption in prisons, briberies allegations, and custodians involved in helping inmates escape, among other irregularities, require the creation of a penitentiary police.

According to the Vice Minister of Government, Gustavo Pérez, said they are working on the project which will be presented this year.

Meanwhile, the Director of the Prison System, Angel Calderon said the need of a police specialized to work in prisons is very clear.

Both officials agreed this project should be approved during the current administration.

The total population in prisons in the country is 15,000 inmates. (TVN)

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Ex-Banker Sentenced 33 Years In Prison

Crime & PunishmentThe Guatemalan ex-banker, Manuel Segovia, was sentenced to 33 years in prison for defrauding more than $ 215 million to customers of the defunct Trade Bank, a judicial source said today.

A judiciary spokesman told reporters the Sixth Trial Court issued the decision last night against Segovia, defrauding 9,000 investors between 1997 and 2006.

According to research by the Public Ministry (MP), the amount of resources the costumers lost in the Trade Bank amounts to about 1,540 million quetzals (U.S. $ 197 million).

In addition to 33 years in prison, Segovia, who was vice president of the institution, was sentenced to pay a fine of 141,56 million quetzals (U.S. $ 18 million).

The crimes for which the ex-banker was convicted of fraud, money laundering and financial intermediation, according to the resolution, said the relliable source.

The resources were looted by the Organising Trade, an entity which was opened outside the plaza in Panama in 1995, and had no authorization to operate in Guatemala, according to the statement.

The money which the investors received for their deposits had no legal basis.

In the next few hours, the Sixth Trial Court will also resolve how they will repay investors affected by the millionaire scam. (Critica)

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Río Abajo Raided By Police In Search Of Gang Members, Drugs And Weapons

Crime & PunishmentThe National Police detained around, at least, 10 subjects related to gang activities as a result of a developed opertive on 10th Street in the district of Río Abajo.

Additionally, police units conducted raids at several apartments and houses for drugs and illegal weapons.

The National Police reports maintained informed that on this street there are people dedicated to the sale of drugs and illegal weapons, and some were remained hidden. (Critica)

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Lavitola Talks About Martinelli in The Trial

Crime & PunishmentThe Prosecutor of Rome, Italy, announced the charges for the judgment of Valter Lavitola in July about the case of international corruption in which Panamanian officials have been mentioned, including the president, Ricardo Martinelli.

According to a document from the Public Prosecutor of Rome released earlier this week about the sentence of international corruption, the alleged illicit payment to Panamanian officials for about 23.4 million dollars is mentioned, and it directly quotes the President of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli.

Lavitola, the consultant of the Italian consortium Finmeccanica and the intermediary with the Panamanian government, will stand trial along with the former director of the commercial group, Paolo Pozzessere.

The indictment against Lavitola consists in the alleged 'illicit payment for political and administrative decisions' to Panamanian officials, benefiting the companies in the consortium Finmeccanica: Telespazio, Augusta and Selex.

According to the latest release from Joan Solés, correspondent for Grupo Prisa for Radio Panama, the document specifies "the President Ricardo Martinelli, and other political and government figures, unidentified, determined with their decisions the enforcement of contracts with the promise of receiving benefits of economic relief, object of the investigation.”

They refer to the contracts through which the Panamanian government acquired helicopters, radars and a mapping system from Finmeccanica, for more than $230 million as part of the international operation defined by the security agreement signed in 2010 between Italy and Panama.

The alleged bribe was approximately for 23.4 million dollars, which added to the 20 or 25 million dollars in theory deviated for the construction of four modular prisons by the company Svemark, reach around 57 million dollars in illicit payments. In the other process, it mentions a cousin of the Panamanian leader, called Francisco 'Frankie' Martinelli.

But the investigation about the contracts for these prisons has not advanced so far.

Lavitola, who has been arrested for over 14 months, has insisted all this time that the money was not being directed to president Martinelli or his environment.

The businessman has cooperated for the last months with the Italian justice system, and according to Solés, he has recognized as true 90% of the accusations made by Mauro Velocci, witness of the Roman Prosecutor’s Office.

On May 24 he was granted with house arrest, and he has been in his house in Rome since May 25.

Besides the trial scheduled for July, Lavitola has seven pending criminal prosecutions in Italy. (Estrella)

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Two Spanish People Arrested In Panama

Crime & PunishmentTwo Spanish citizens were arrested in Panama for drugs and fraud, reported the Directorate of Judicial Investigation.

One of the Spanish men was arrested at the Tocumen International Airport, found with a container of juice in his luggage, which was filled with cocaine.

The Spanish had come to Panama from Pereira, Colombia and was heading to Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The second Spanish man, Zurbano Aristimunio Faustino, 57 year old, was arrested after holding an international red alert on five counts of fraud against the public administration.

The Spanish, who is wanted by the authorities of Zaragoza was arrested by Interpol units in Panama, outside a hotel in the Paitilla sector, at about 09:30 in the morning, after an intelligence operation and tracking him.

The Foreign Ministry of the Republic forward the appropriate arrangements for extradition. (TVN)

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Five People Involved With Darío Fernández's Murder Were Sentenced

Crime & PunishmentYesterday, unanimously, five of the six people charged in the case of former Governor of Coclé, Darío Fernández, were sentenced in prison.

These being Joel Guerra, Maira Hall, Daisy Quiróz, Alfredo Nugget Conte and Miguel Arnes. While Carlos Barcenas, was acquitted and immediately ordered the lifting of the injunction to be had against him.

The judge, Fiorella Bonilla, said the sentence, which the criminals will have to pay, will be placed on 26 June 2013.

Fernández was murdered outside his home in November 2011, in the area of ​​"El Manguito" in Penonomé, province of Coclé. In this case involving about 50 people as witnesses during investigations. (Dia A Dia)

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Farmers In Chiriquí Are Worried Because Of Theft

Crime & PunishmentThe President of the National Cattlemen's Association of Chiriquí, Arnulfo Morales said there is concern over livestock theft which has been recorded especially in the east of the province of Chiriquí.

Morales says there have been more than 5 complaints filed in the prosecution for theft of livestock, which has caused inconvenience to the farmers of this region. 

On Tuesday, former Ombudsman, Italo Antinori, went to the Public Ministry because a bull was stolen on his farm in the district of Tolé, whose value exceeds $ 10,000. (Dia A Dia)

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Investigation On The Murder Of Aira Guerra Continues

Crime & PunishmentAuthorities in Chiriquí said they are trying to figure out who the owner of a white Toyota Land Cruiser is, since this vehicle has been tied to the murder of Aira Guerra.

Police said David de Silverio Guerra Zapata and Edilberto Moreno have been arrested and are currently in jail, but it is still unclear who owned the vehicle, because this vehicle seemed to have blood of the victim inside.

Guillermina McDonald, Moreno's lawyer, said her client is innocent and he gave himself up because he has nothing to fear and nothing to do with the murder.

Guerra Zapata said he bought the pick-up truck in January, almost three months after the murder. (Prensa)

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14 Inmates Transfered To La Joya Prison

Crime & PunishmentFourteen jail inmates were transferred from the Penonomé Prison to La Joya Prison in Panama City, because these were the men who staged a brawl in which guards were attacked and they even tried to break down the back door of the prison.

The inmates, who held a three day hunger strike as leverage to compel the attendance of the director of the National Penitentiary System, Ángel Calderón, began throwing stones against the guards, who responded with tear gas.

On Wednesday 23 May 2013, the inmates were gradually removed and taken to a courtyard in front of the police, where they were sorted and subsequently transferred to Panama, despite the refusal of the relatives who demanded respect for the inmates.

The director of the prison system, Ángel Calderón was at the prison, but the inmates had initiated the confrontation with the guards and the police.

After the brawl, authorities conducted a raid and managed to detect 14 celphones and drugs.

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Invstigation On The Murder Of The Young College Student Continues

Crime & PunishmentAlthough search blocks have been deployed throughout the province of Chiriquí and with the searches of residences, even the National Police agents have not located the ex-clerk of the Public Ministry, Álvaro Samudio.

At Samudio's residence, uncle of Aira Guerra's boyfriend, college student which was murdered last year, they found traces of blood which matched the DNA of the student.

In the Public Ministry, they continue procedure to clarify the crime. While, in the public jail of David, the victim's boyfriend, Roland Samudio, and Silverio Guerra are being held, Silverio is related as the owner of a car in which traces of blood were also found. But he maintains his innocence. (Prensa)

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Cuban Citizen Retained With Too Much Money

Crime & PunishmentA Cuban citizen was retained with $ 3,329 and 9000 euros ($ 11,669.00) who came from his home country to the Tocumen International Airport.

In a procedure conducted by officials in the Airport Area of the National Customs Authority, the foreigner who arrived at Tocumen International Airport on a commercial flight, brought the money in the handbag and was detected when the bag went through the scanner.

Upon detection of the irregularity, officers proceded to retain the money and give him $ 500 for personal expenses, pending the legal process. (Dia A Dia)

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Panama, Key Partner in The Fight Against Crime

Crime & PunishmentPanama is a model in the region in terms of effective security strategy against organized crime.

The country was rated by the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB), security specialist organ of the Organization of American States (OAS), during the symposium "The armed forces and their participation in public security tasks and development," which was held in Washington, USA, on May 21 and May 22.

The position of this international organization arises from the presentation of the Security Minister, Jose Raul Mulino, after sustaining how Panama, without an army, has managed to neutralize the actions of transnational drug trafficking groups and has wiped off the presence of irregular groups in the border of Colombia.

The report of the Minister, titled "National Security Strategy of Panama," states that the success of the measures taken is based on the resource coordination between security agencies, which has enabled the development of greater capabilities because there is no duplication of resources in the security actions.

For the general secretary of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, Panama has proven to be a key partner in the fight against crime. (Panama America)

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