Wednesday, October 26 2011 @ 09:40 am EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
For the constitutional and former Supreme Court Justice Aura Emérita Guerra de Villalaz, the decision handed down by judge Fuentes sets an "excellent" precedent, since it was based on the fact that there is neither a statute nor a regulation governing the used of the "Pele Police" system by the National Police officers. However, she said in her opinion the decision is not general or universal in nature with regards to compliance, but only and exclusively for the parties to the process.
Asked about the issue, Security Minister Jose Raul Mulino preferred not to make a public comment at this time, while the National Police, through a press release, interpreted that the court's decision is not for "general application" and it was only limited to a specific case, and therefore it did not outlaw the use of "a technological tool in harmony with the functions of the police force". (Prensa)
Editor's Comment: Interesting. The retired Supreme Court judge interprets this ruling to apply only to those involved in the case. And now the National Police have joined the case in order to file and appeal. Logically, they are now part of the case, so now (logically) the decision also applies to them, right? Anyway, apparently you now have the right to refuse to participate in the use of the "Pele Police" system screenings, if you want to. But, be prepared to face the consequences if you do. My suggestion would be to let the Panamanians figure this one out among themselves, and that foreigners should just cooperate and go with the flow whenever possible.