Crime

Another former Latin leader facing crimes, Argentinean President blamed for factory explosion

An Argentine court confirmed this Thursday, May 17, the prosecution without pre-trial detention of former president and senator Carlos Menem , 87, as alleged mastermind of the explosion of a military factory that left seven dead in 1995. The crime for which Menem is accused – as well as the …

Human Interest

AG states National Assembly has “something to hide”.

The Attorney General of the Administration, Rigoberto González , said on Thursday, May 17 that the National Assembly should be an open-door institution and willing to receive the Comptroller’s Office to carry out the corresponding audits, since it is a “high institution” and the of greater reference “in the example …

Crime

More money laundering cases coming into the light

The Seventh Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office summoned Riccardo Francolini , at 9:00 a.m. today, to make an inquiry statement as part of the investigation into the transfers of money made by Jal Offshore Ltd., through an account of investment I had in the defunct stock house Financial Pacific (FP) . In …

Crime

Former El Slavador president heads to trial in $310 Million Corruption scandal

A judge in El Salvador decided Wednesday to send former President Elías Antonio Saca (2004-2009) and six collaborators to trial, to answer for the deviation of 301 million dollars during his administration, the Prosecutor’s Office said. “The Fourth Court of Instruction of San Salvador sends to trial former President Elías …

Human Interest

Minister of Security under fire for corruption claims by retired police.

An Amparo of Constitutional Guarantees against the Minister of Security, Alexis Betancourt, presented the Association of Retirees of the National Police in the Supreme Court of Justice. “The protection of guarantees states that the Ministry of Security violates due process and effective judicial protection by refusing to give due process …

Human Interest

Drama swirling around possible return of Martinelli.

by James “JB” Bryson I find the story surrounding the possible return of President Martinelli quite fascinating. It plays out like a Shakespearean play right before your eyes. All of the vitriol and self righteous rhetoric coming from Varela, whom all know to be a shill of Martinelli for many, …

Crime

Lawsuit against “Code” reaches Supreme Court

A claim of unconstitutionality against some sentences of article 193 of the single text of the Electoral Code , referring to pre-election public financing for the 2019 general elections, was presented to the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) . The lawyer Roberto Ruiz Diaz filed the appeal after considering that …

Labor

Comptroller promises “audit” of National Assembly

The General Comptroller of the Republic notified this Tuesday, May 15, the president of the National Assembly (AN) , Yanibel Ábrego , who will proceed to carry out a “forensic audit” to form 080 , which contains the contracts of the personnel that works for the deputies, and that since …

Health

Attorney General requests to be recused from poisoning case.

The Attorney General of the Administration, Rigoberto González, asked the Third Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice to declare him precluded from hearing the civil lawsuits against the State, filed by hundreds of people affected by the massive poisoning with medication contaminated with diethylene glycol. At least 323 lawsuits …

Crime

PETROBAS, and dirty cops scandal dismantled in Brazil

The Brazilian police today dismantled a network of international traffic of narcotics in which participated at least one investigated in the operation Lava Jato, which investigates the vast corruption scandal uncovered in the state oil company Petrobras, informed official sources today. About 90 agents of the Federal Police served eight …

Human Interest

El Siglo Interview of Prof.Murgas: Choosing of Constituents goes unchecked

INTERVIEW In the call to reform the Constitution there are untouchable issues, such as social issues and the title of the Panama Canal, for example. In the opinion of the former judge of the Electoral Tribunal, it is important that the choice of the persons who will draft this new Constitution …

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Second phase of interviews begin for Supreme Court nominees

The Commission of State for Justice begins today the second stage of interviews to the aspirants to the position of magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ). After interviewing, last week, the first ten candidates for the post, from today until this Friday, May 18, the second group of …

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Confession sheds light on bribes under Varela watch

The businessman from Chihuahua, Juan Alexis Rodríguez Sáez, arrived at the Public Prosecutor’s Office to tell other facts that he suddenly remembered while reviewing the social media. All this in the corruption scheme in which allegedly handled bribes for $ 40 million. Rodríguez Sáez, manager of Constructora Rodsa, SA had been …

Human Interest

Panama looking at predictable challenge of legalizing Marijuana

The legislative initiative that establishes the medicinal use of cannabis or marijuana is ready for the second debate in the National Assembly If approved, the ministries of Education, Health and Commerce will be responsible for the surveillance, control and regulation functions; There will be a period of 90 days to …

Legal

Indicted trader is extradited back to Panama.

Trader Nidal Waked returned to Panama yesterday, two years and six days after being arrested in Colombia, at the request of the United States, where he finally pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money. Yasser Williams , Waked’s lawyer in Panama, confirmed the return of his client, although in the …

Legal

Crimes of animal abuse will result in jail time starting May 2

On Wednesday, May 2, prison sentences against people who commit a crime of animal abuse begin to apply . This was recalled by the organizations Spay Panama, Angels of Animals, Foundation San Francisco de Asis and Patas y Pies, and a group of independent rescuers  who celebrate this validity. People …

Legal

Zimbabwe legalizes cannabis production

Producers must have local citizenship or proven residence in the country and will be subject to controls by the Government Zimbabwe legalized the production of cannabis for medical or scientific purposes as long as it has an official license, the state newspaper The Herald reported today. The news was announced …

Crime

Public Ministry orders arrests of 2 men in connection with Jal Offshore

The Seventh Anti-Corruption Prosecutor ordered the arrest of Salomon Jack Btesh and Valentín Martínez Vásquez in the investigation carried out for the alleged commission of the crime of money laundering by transfers from the investment account of Jal Offshore Ltd. in  Financial Pacific ( FP). The arrests of Btesh and …

Crime

Odebrecht and Financial Pacific cases revived

The Public Ministry initiated yesterday a series of proceedings in the cases of Financial Pacific and the bribes of the construction company Odebrecht. In this way, the entity ordered conductions to people related primarily to the Financial Pacific case, and simultaneously issued a statement on the reactivation of the Odebrecht …

Legal

OSJ is concerned about the speed of the justice system

Experts believe that suspensions of hearings should not be allowed PROCESSES The Observatory of the Judicial System (OSJ) of the Republic of Panama is concerned about the current stagnation of justice, especially in processes in which the future of the investigation is at stake for the prescription of criminal cases. …

Legal

Prosecutor’s office orders investigation of 18 people

The Seventh Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office yesterday issued orders to investigate 18 people, as part of the process that follows for the alleged commission of the crime of money laundering, linked to the alleged use of privileged information at the Financial Pacific (FP) stock house during the government past (see list). …

Legal

Anticorruption Special Prosecutor orders investigation to go through against Alvarez

The  Anticorruption Special Prosecutor  ordered the conduction for investigative purposes of  José Porta Álvarez , one of those investigated by the Odebrecht case  . Porta Álvarez was treasurer of the campaign of  José Domingo Arias , candidate for the presidency of  Cambio Democrático  in 2014. This is one of the …

Legal

Rule to repeal PSA has existed

The questioned ‘legislative shrimp’ promoted by the deputy Roberto Ayala, of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), and that repealed Law 2 of February 10, 2015, regarding the contract law with the company PSA Panama International Terminal, SA, in charge of the operation of a container terminal in Rodman, was not …

Legal

Public ministry hosts libel lawsuit against Navarro in Odebrecht case

Jaime Lasso Del Castillo, member of the Panameñista Party and who acknowledged having collected funds from the construction company Odebrecht for the group between 2010 and 2014, sued for slander and insult to the presidential candidate Juan Carlos Navarro, of the Democratic Revolutionary Party, for having affirmed in National Television …

Legal

Deputy Ayala says the contract with PSA is a violation of the Constitution

The deputy of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) Roberto Ayala, harshly questioned for introducing a modification to the project 53 whose original objective was to adopt measures related to the process of opening companies and which ended up repealing Law 2 of February 10, 2015, was defended Yesterday through a …

Crime

Milagros Lay hearing rescheduled for May 10

The intermediate hearing to Milagros Lay, accused of alleged fraud and falsification of documents was rescheduled for next Thursday, May 10, at 8:00 am in Room 9 of the Accusatory Penal System (SPA) in Plaza Ágora. The diligence was suspended in order to inform one of the victims, who could …

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Nicaragua diplomats removed by US

The United States suspended the daily procedures of its embassy in Nicaragua and is removing some of its diplomats due to violent protests in the Central American country. Nicaragua continues in anarchy, after protests At least 28 deaths, looting, fires and repression in protests against the government in Nicaragua The …

Legal

Over 40 laws still on hold in the AN

Many of the projects were presented more than a year ago in the Assembly VIRUS More than 40 bills are on the agenda of the National Assembly, many of which await approval in the second or third debate. Some of these initiatives sleep an ‘eternal dream’ several months and even …

Legal

Truck driver sentenced to life. Killed 10

The 39 bodies were found among urine, feces and vomiting The driver who left locked in July in the cabin of his truck to 39 undocumented, of which 10 died asphyxiated and heat, was sentenced today by a Texas court to two sentences of life imprisonment. The man, James M. …

Legal

New process being developed for Supreme Court Justices

The State Commission for Justice is preparing to develop a “comprehensive and participatory” process, when it is up to interview and scrutinize the candidates for judges of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) . This was reported to this means by the Administration’s attorney, Rigoberto González , who also serves …