"Organized Crime Infiltrates Institutions in Panama"

The state prosecutor has signalled the penetration of drug trafficking organizations in the Panamanian economy and in political institutions.

Friday, January 31, 2014

According to the prosecutor, Ana Belfon, during her first year of work she has perceived an increased penetration of organized crime into the economy and institutions of the Panamanian government.

"No wonder drug traffickers can penetrate institutions, since they have practically created a parallel economy," Belfon said.

"In her administration she has faced some difficulties, among which she mentioned a debt of $2 million to illegally dismiss officials and 70 thousand cases of long standing data that have not been processed."

"... The official stated that what is needed is to equip the organizations responsible for handling justice with more resources in order to face their growing challenges."

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