WHILE high profile members of the previous administration accused of stealing scores of millions walk free or receive bail and return to their luxurious mansions a State, a man was sentenced on Monday, December 3 to 10 years in Panama’s prison hellhole, La Joya. for the theft of $3, reports TVN bringing back to life the old adage thatone might as well be hanged for a sheep as lamb.
The cause of his conviction?... "to have exercised violence and intimidation leaving her without personal documents, her lunch box and the sum of $3 on November 21, 2017." The crime was perpetrated at a school in the district of San. Miguelito.
The robber, Rajhiff Jhamal Delgado Peralta, took flight but was intercepted soon after by units of the National Police.
Delgado was also sentenced to the penalty of disqualification from public functions for a period of 10 years, after serving the main sentence. which was a penalty agreement signed on November 29, and took into consideration acknowledgment of a previous offense.
I understand what you are saying. I also understand that the article is conflating 2 separate stories -- one of a theft of $3 and the other of comparing it with the theft by elites. The latter is what I object to in lumping 2 stories together. Thank you very much, but I get enough of this in U.S. fake news and opinion pieces where they take one issue and use it to contrast and compare with the deeds of another issue. I have no objection reading about how the elites (in any country) can manipulate the justice system but I prefer to leave it independent and get the details of the other issue without making a political statement. Got it?
There is much more than the theft of three bucks involved here.
i agree the article is pathetically lacking details, but the point is still the same. Panama most assuredly has a criminal, justice system. Criminal in most every aspect. People held illegally then convicted to protect the state from having to justify it's crime. People arrested illegally, held without access to courts, subjected to the dealings of lawyers who answer to no one, political crimes given precedence over others first in line, no continuity in sentencing, with some getting insanely heavy sentences for a small theft, while others who stole millions from everyone, are under country arrest..... the list is endless, the additions limited only by the imagination, and the naivete of the public forever challenged by innovative new horrors.
The message appears to be... The high rollers can get away with unlimited funds as long as the victims are quiet. How quiet? About $100 Grand to $1 million should do it. In other words... High rollers have: attorneys...hush money...friends in high places...get away yachts... immunity/impunity...favors owed...cash to evade detection...more cash... more cash...more get away yachts... In other words... No excuse for getting caught...called the perfect crime. Mr. Delgado cannot afford to commit a crime and started off with a young, broke female associate. In other words... 10 years for his own ignorance.
So ... it wasn't just about $3. There were additional factors eluded to against a "her" but no details of the "her". It appears it was a student, but we don't know if this is it, how old was the student, what were the circumstances?? Atrocious reporting. Stated is “to have exercised violence and intimidation leaving her without personal documents, her lunch box" and $3. Seems factoring in violence against a child is appropriate, but don't make it sound as though the crime was about $3 as stated in the headline.