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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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DIJ Search For Álvaro Samudio For The Murder Of A College Student

Crime & PunishmentThe units of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ), this afternoon raided the house of Álvaro Samudio, whom the First Superior Prosecutor, Luis Martinez, ordered his conduct to take statements in the process under investigation for the murder of the young college student Aira Guerra, who was murdered.

However, he was not located at his home and he had also not attended his job in the Public Ministry.

Besides Álvaro Samudio, Rolando Samudio, his nephew, is currently detained for his alleged involvement in the murder.

He was taken to the Public Ministry headquarters of Silverio Guerra Zapata today.

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Lavitola Will Go To Trial On July

Crime & PunishmentThe first hearings against Valter Lavitola will start on July. The Italian citizen will be tried in the courts of Rome, Italy, for the misuse of state resources to bribe officials abroad –outside of Italy-.

In the process, Panamanian officials are mentioned who allegedly received bribes in return of benefiting businessmen of this country through contracts with the Panamanian government.

Lavitola is currently detained in Italy since April of last year and has been processed in at least three other processes related to the prime minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi.

The current process is in its final stage and is expected to be finalized in 20 days, and the date of the trial will be set immediately afterwards, reported Joan Solés, correspondent of Grupo Prisa in Italy, through Radio Panamá.

According to the source, the prosecution process is expected to be completed in about a year from now and during the hearings, the involved will be summoned to give their statements, however, there will be no charges against Panamanian citizens.

Lavitola, who has been for 14 months in prison, has two convictions of six years and six months in prison. Besides this trial, he has seven other pending trials: for parliamentary corruption, for allegedly engaging in the purchase of votes to provoke the fall of the previous government of Romano and for organizing erotic parties for the former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. (Estrella)

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46 Cattle Were Poisoned

Crime & PunishmentAbout 46 cattle of the Nellore and Charoláis breed, valued at more than $ 100,000, were poisoned on Saturday at the Palo Grande community in the district of Alanje, said the owner of the cattle, Alexis Aparicio.

The complaint was filed to the Attorney General by the victim who makes accusations against a local farmer.

It should be noted that the authorities of the DIJ, MIDA and prosecutors went to the farm to collect evidence of the poisoned cattle. (Dia A Dia)

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18 People Who Are Involved In A Criminal Group Were Arrested

Crime & PunishmentA total of 18 people out of the 22 suspects required by the Public Prosecutor, for allegedly being involved in a criminal group, were arrested today as the result of a raid done by the National Police in the village of El Chorrillo.

Bartolomé Agüero, National Police commissioner, said on Noticias AM, with the arrest of these subjectsn they have achieved a goal.

The police action was concentrated in a building known as the 15 Pisos 15-story and according to Agüero, the raid will continue in the coming days. (Panama America)

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Man Killed In Juan Díaz

Crime & PunishmentA man who was not carrying any type of identification, was murdered on the grounds of a shipyard in Juan Díaz, near the Corredor Sur, and nobody has been arrested yet.

was wearing shorts, a white shirt and dark colored sneakers. On one side of his body, was a blue cap, presumed he was wearing when he was shot.

The reports obtained reveal that the victim may be minor. (Critica)

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Minor Was Burnt By Her Mother

Crime & PunishmentAn indigenous minor of less than six years of age, was allegedly burnt with hot nails by her mother, supposedly to make her more awake and to pay more attention, revealed the authorities in the province of Chiriquí.

The incident occurred in the village of Cerro Punta in the district of Bugaba, the complaint has already been filed with the authorities of the Public Ministry to investigate the situation.

The minor is now in the custody of a relative until investigations are completed. (Dia A Dia)

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The Panamanian CSI Uses Science Against Crime

Crime & PunishmentFar from the futuristic three-dimensional holograms or translucent monitors appearing in the television series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," in real life, Panamanian forensic experts use less startling equipment but no less effective.

The experts from the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences (IMELCF) and agents from the Public Ministry are the equivalent of the investigators from the TV series and, just like them, their expertise is crucial for justice to declare a suspect as innocent or guilty. When there is a crime, an investigative unit goes to the site to meticulously check every inch of the crime scene for clues of forensic interest; such as small samples of blood, shell casings or strands of hair.

One of the more than 15,000 annual cases processed by the IMELCF and which has been conclusive through scientific evidence was the case of the murder of the student Velkis Garcia Cedeño, who was stabbed to death on June 3, 2000 in the community of Bocatoma, Nata, province of Cocle. That afternoon, they found the body of a woman with light brown skin on the lands of the Irrigation System in El Cano. Her face was unrecognizable due to the heavy beating she received.

Immediately, the investigative unit from IMELCF and instruction agents from the Public Ministry arrived at the scene to inspect the area for clues that could lead them to clarify what happened. The body was recognized by her partner.

The Second Judicial District Attorney's Office, which handled the case, ordered the detention of three people, with her best friend, Maria Teresa Umana, as the prime suspect. She was appointed as a suspect because the forensic study concluded she died between 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m., and Velkis was with Umana around that time. Forensic doctors also determined that Velkis did not die instantly; she lived a cruel agony at the hands of her abuser. In total, she received 53 stabbings; one of them in her heart. According to the investigation, two days before the crime they had a heated argument, and the day of the incident, Umana called Velkis for a meeting at noon and she was the last person to see her alive.

Nevertheless, these findings were not sufficient and other scientific evidence came to light, which linked Umana to the crime through wounds found on her forearms and left hand, to which she said she got them when she was trying to run away from a bull. However, she was not expecting that a forensic doctor was going to examine her and determine these wounds were not caused by her struggle in the bushes, but rather by blunt object with a sharp edge, compatible with human nails. These wounds, according to forensic pathology texts, had three to four days of evolution, corresponding with the date of the crime.

Findings

After this evidence was found, the authorities from the Second Judicial District Attorney's Office ordered a visual inspection, entry and search of the suspect’s house, because it was determined that Velkis was not murdered at the site where she was abandoned.

Criminology experts proceeded to practice the luminol test for blood at Umana’s home, where they methodically sprayed the chemical in areas where they suspected they could find traces of blood invisible to the human eye. Luminol can be sprayed evenly across the area, and trace amounts of an activating oxidant will cause the luminol to emit a blue glow that can be seen in a darkened room.

During the diligence, luminol uncovered traces of human blood under the sink, on the wall of the hallway leading to the living room, in the kitchen, on the deck and stairs leading to the patio.

The evidence obtained helped determine the suspect’s guilt, who received a sentence of 20 years in prison.

For the District Attorney Argentina Barrera, who led this research, this was the first judgment or decision in the criminal history of both the prosecution and the court, which were eminently grounded in scientific evidence.

According to Barrera, the technical and scientific expertise produced by Forensic Medicine is vital to the formulation of the indictment and for supporting the case. "They analyzed the evidence and material collected during the investigation, and according to the technical and scientific results, the Public Ministry and the Court, linked with other evidence, made the final decision in the criminal case," she said.

Effectiveness

Thirteen years after the crime, the current director of IMELCF, Humberto Mas, explained such evidence is often crucial, but currently the luminol is not commonly used by forensic experts in order to avoid the use of expensive chemicals, instead this was replaced by the technology "forensic light" Ultralite of high density with blue light, which detects body fluids such as urine, semen and blood.

Furthermore, he estimated that 9 out of 10 cases are solved thanks to the research conducted by the experts from IMELCF. Meanwhile, the prosecutor Sofanor Espinoza agreed with Barrera and recalled a recent case that was resolved thanks to them. It was a young man who killed his girlfriend in the district of Chepo and DNA testing was crucial to accuse him for committing the crime.

"The scientific evidence is important depending on what they reveal, because it is technical evidence carried out by people who have no interest in the process and the result is crucial in the process of making a final decision," said Espinoza. (Panama America)

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Latest Homicides Might Be Part Of A Gang Initiation Ritual

Crime & PunishmentAccording to experts, the latest homicides registered in the country might be part of a gang initiation process.

Carlos Gonzalez, from the Institute of Criminology at the University of Panama, said these are complex crimes and seem to be homicides “at random”, which give evidence to a possible gang initiation ritual.

Dismembered bodies, crimes with more than 30 bullet holes are part of the features. The Public Security Minister, Jose Raul Mulino, said most of the cases are associated with drug trafficking. (Telemetro)

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Director Of The National Police Declares War On Gangs

Crime & PunishmentThe Director of the National Police, Julio Moltó, said stronger actions will be applied to target gangs established in the country.

Moltó said a few days ago, he held meetings with prosecutors across the country and with the Attorney General's Office, where parameters were set to perform actions to tackle these crimes.

He said the institution knows crime levels have fallen, but also know the number of gangs in the country have doubled.

"The operations to search for them and process them are to be conducted across the country and we are in the coordination of doing so," said Moltó, in the province of Chiriquí.

PROSI figures estimate only in the district of David there have been 8 gangs located since 2008, and until 2012, that number had doubled to more than 16 organizations, many with criminals from the capital.

"These gangs are composed of Panamanian children and adults, but we are investigating their location, concentration and control," said Moltó. (TVN)

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Rapist Could Be In Panama Or Costa Rica

Crime & PunishmentAn American citizen is wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States, he is listed as a suspect for having raped a little girl.

The man, age 60, is named Harold Eugene Smith and was arrested in September 2010 by police officers of the Montgomery County in Pennsylvania.

According to the FBI, Smith, who is known by the aliases of Harold E., Harold Smith or Smitty, may remain hidden in Costa Rica or Panama.

He is considered very dangerous, since he could be armed.

The overseas investigation began in June 2010, after an indictment for apparently violating a teenager a few times a week. She was between 12 and 13 when the incident occurred.

Smith was charged with rape, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, incest and corruption of a minor.

BAIL PAID

Smith was freed after paying a high bail, but failed to appear for a rear view, so on 10 January 2011, a warrant was issued immediately.

On 16 October 2012, the District Court of the United States ruled for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania federal arrest order against Smith, after he was charged with unlawful flight in order to be prosecuted.

The fugitive weighs between 79-90 kilos. He has gray hair and white skin and blue eyes.

He was born on 13 January 1953, in Pennsylvania. If he is to be seen, alert the DIJ-Interpol office. (Mi Diario)

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School In Chiriquí Robbed Again

Crime & PunishmentTeachers, students and parents of the IPT school of David in the province of Chiriquí are alarmed after the third time in the year, criminals have entered the campus to steal materials which the students use.

Air conditioners, chairs, tables are some objects which have been stolen by criminals which apparently reside in the area.

The families of the students are outraged and demand more security authorities for the school to prevent this from happening again. (Dia A Dia)

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Bishop From Los Santos Church Was Prosecuted For Alleged Pedofilia

Crime & PunishmentA bishop of the Iglesia de Jesucristo of Los Santos of the Últimos Días in David, Province of Chiriquí, was reported in the prosecution for alleged crimes of pedophilia and sexual abuse against a seven year-old child.

Jorge Martínez, an attorney for the little girl's family, said the man, using his position as bishop in this church, took advantage of the trust of parents and other family members to abuse the child.

He said the parents realized deviant acts of the man when they noticed a large change in the behavior of the girl.

Martínez says in the room where the criminal resided, pornographic videos were found. "It also grew suspicious when one of the family members said they knew he was watching them when nobody was around", he said.

The criminal, despite efforts, could not be reached. The Regents of the Iglesia de Jesucristo of Los Santos declined to comment.

The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by officials of the Fifth Circuit Prosecutors of Chiriquí. (TVN)

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