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Nidal Waked Held in Miami Until Trial

Colombian-Panamanian businessman Nidal Waked will remain in custody in Miami until his trial, tentatively scheduled for October 30. Waked, age 45 and based in Panama before his arrest, pled not guilty to charges of “knowingly and willfully” engaging in financial and monetary transactions designed to conceal drug-trafficking proceeds. At the time of his arrest in May, the US…

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.…