All About Panama

PANAMA / 1 AUG 2014

Panama's Minister of Security has indicated the government may extend a one-month amnesty period that has led to the disarming of over 1000 gang members, although the program is not…

COLOMBIA / 22 JUL 2014

The director of Colombia's tax and customs agency has resigned and left the country after stating he had received death threats from a shadowy businessman with alleged ties to Pablo…

COLOMBIA / 15 JUL 2014

Panama's border police have killed two alleged FARC members in combat near the border with Colombia, a dense jungle region where security forces from both countries have been coordinating to…

COLOMBIA / 9 JUL 2014

Panama's border control agency has warned that Colombian criminal groups descended from the paramilitaries are increasingly using the country as a trafficking route, corrupting officials and influencing local gangs, according…

PANAMA / 3 JUL 2014

Panama's new president has offered a one-month amnesty period for gang members to disarm and cut their ties with organized crime, signalling his administration's willingness to pursue alternative strategies to…

COCAINE / 23 JUN 2014

An international drug trafficking case involving an export company in Panama and the 'Ndrangheta mafia provides the latest example of the Italian criminal group's spread throughout Latin America and illustrates…

MONEY LAUNDERING / 15 MAY 2014

New details have emerged about an international money laundering ring stretching between Colombia, Panama and Mexico, with the US government's attack against the network highlighting Panama's crucial role in legitimizing…

MONEY LAUNDERING / 7 MAY 2014

Panama's vice-president has been elected to the country's top office, but amid the congratulations accusations of laundered money funding his campaign less than a month ago seem to have disappeared.

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 22 APR 2014

The high price of an exotic wood has spurred a rash of timber theft in the forests of Panama, threatening the region's tropical jungles as traffickers seek to satisfy demand…

MONEY LAUNDERING / 15 APR 2014

A leading candidate in Panama's upcoming presidential elections has been accused of receiving funds from bank accounts allegedly used to launder money from an international Internet gambling ring.

HOMICIDES / 4 APR 2014

Panama has seen a 19 percent drop in murders over the last five years despite its critical role in the international drug trade and a growing number of street gangs.

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 20 MAR 2014

A documentary by indigenous communities in Panama has cast light on the catastrophic effect of illegal logging and ranching on the country's rainforest, in another example of the impact of…

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