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Volume 16, Number 11
October 17, 2010


news

Also in this section:
Both sides back down a bit over Law 30
More arrests, prosecutions and convictions of journalists
OECD Global Forum report on Panama's banking and business secrecy (PDF)
Build-up to a confrontation in the Ngabe-Bugle Comarca
Discrepancies between government and IMF, but Panama's growing
Captain is eighth police officer to die on duty this year
Legislation passes, garbage woes aren't over
Double assault on freedom of the press meets strong resistance


Many things that used to be in a Panama News Briefs feature of the website have now migrated to our constantly updated Facebook page


Captain José Santos Pitti, posthumously promoted to major
Photo by the Ministry of Security

DIJ  Sensitive Cases Unit captain, recently transferred from the SPI, dies in on-the-job accident
Eighth Panamanian cop to die
in the line of duty this year

by Eric Jackson, from other media

On October 13 Captain José Santos Pitti of the Judicial Investigations Directorate (DIJ) was working on a mid-day covert anti-drug operation on Isla Gato, a low-lying, mangrove-covered island off of La Chorrera district's Puerto Caimito that is sometimes used by smugglers. Santos, who had shifted from the Institutional Protection Service (SPI) only four months before, slipped in the muck of the mangrove swamp, fell backwards and struck the back of his neck and head on a mangrove root. Airlifted by police helicopter to the nearby Nicolas Solano Hospital, he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.

Santos was posthumously promoted to major. Funeral services were held on October 15 at the Iglesia San Francisco de la Caleta in Panama's Coco del Mar neighborhood, but despite receiving the usual full police honors, the event was not covered on the government's websites. Most probably this was to avoid the publication of photos of Santos's colleagues on the Sensitive Investigations Unit.

This year has been a particularly deadly one for Panama's law enforcement agencies. Santos was the eighth police officer to fall in the line of duty in 2010.



Also in this section:
Both sides back down a bit over Law 30
More arrests, prosecutions and convictions of journalists
OECD Global Forum report on Panama's banking and business secrecy (PDF)
Build-up to a confrontation in the Ngabe-Bugle Comarca
Discrepancies between government and IMF, but Panama's growing
Captain is eighth police officer to die on duty this year
Legislation passes, garbage woes aren't over
Double assault on freedom of the press meets strong resistance


Many things that used to be in a Panama News Briefs feature of the website have now migrated to our constantly updated Facebook page


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