Panama introduces new penal code

Panama has introduced a new penal code that sets the maximum sentence for murder at 30 years, Harley Mitchell, president of the Supreme Court, announced.

Friday, May 23, 2008

The code typifies new crimes of energy, water and telecommunications fraud, and sound and smell pollution.

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Panama Modifies Rules Against Smuggling

April 2015

The reform aims to add to the Criminal Code offenses of smuggling and customs fraud, among the violations against economic order.

From a statement issued by the National Assembly of Panama:

The full National Assembly approved on its third reading Bill 176 which amends and adds articles to the Penal Code.

Panama: Progress in Getting Off "Gray List"

March 2015

The National Assembly has passed a bill amending the Criminal Code in order to adapt it to international legal standards for the prevention of crimes of money laundering.

From a statement issued by the National Assembly of Panama:

The full Legislature approved on its third reading Bill No. 102, which amends and adds articles to the Penal Code.

Panama: Jailtime for Squatters

June 2013

Law 44 signed by President Martinelli establishes prison sentences of 1-3 years for the unauthorized occupation of buildings, land or constructions belonging to others.

From a press release from the Presidency of Panama:

Law 44, which amends and adds articles to the Penal Code, was sanctioned by the President of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli.

Guatemala: Business and the Law Against Corruption

November 2012

A regulation adopted in Guatemala establishes penalties for corporate officials responsible for criminal acts.

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Article 38 of the Penal Code has been amended by Decree No. 17-73 of the Congress, the amendment is as follows: "Article 38. Criminal liability of legal persons.

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