Abroad

Panama to Advise on Crazy Project in Istanbul

Turkey will look to Panama for advice on its Kanal Istanbul project. The two countries signed a collaboration agreement on June 27 to capitalize on Panama’s canal-building knowledge for the construction of the Turkish canal, according to the Hurriyet Daily News. The canal, which was announced as the “crazy project” by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during…

Martinelli’s Miami Days Are Up, Home is Calling

Former populist president and billionaire supermarket magnate Ricardo Martinelli has overstayed the 180 days allowed by his U.S. tourist visa. His lawyers filed the petition for political asylum with immigration services, but the U.S. Embassy in Panama has recommended denying the request, stating that Martinelli does not meet the requirements and should return to Panama to face…

Martinelli probe numbers increase

Panama’s Supreme Court has approved two new corruption probes against former president Ricardo Martinelli. The first involves an investigation into Martinelli’s involvement in insider trading on Petaquilla mining shares with the Financial Pacific brokerage firm, and the second ties into an existing bribery case. On Wednesday, Martinelli, who says that current President Juan Carlos Varela is pursuing a…

Murder Cat Murdered

Panamanian reggae singer Murder Cat was killed Tuesday night on Street 3 in Juan Diaz. Also known as El Clickiti and Omar Bellido, his given name, the singer was reportedly talking to some people, including singer Ruff Dad, when several individuals rolled up in a grey sedan and shot him at least seven times before driving off. The police are investigating.…

Colombia’s Ex-Spy Chief Leaves Panama to Face Wiretapping Charges

Maria del Pilar Hurtado, Colombia’s ex-spy chief, turned herself over to authorities in Panama late Friday, hours after Interpol issue an international arrest order. She had been living in Panama since 2010, on the run from charges that she was involved in illegal wiretapping of journalists, judges, politicians and activists in her home country – opponents of…