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Wow, this ought to serve as fair warning to anyone who thinks it's a good idea to have unlicensed firearms in their possession. There doesn't seem to be much leniency available when a former Director of the National Police receives a 64 month prison sentence* for the offenses. Ex-Director National Police Receives Long Prison Sentence for Unlicensed Firearms The former director of the National Police (PN) and executive secretary of the National Security Council (CSN) Gustavo Perez, lost a legal battle with the justice. The Second Superior Court confirmed the sentence of Perez to 5 years and 4 months in prison for illegal possession of firearms. By a resolution of 7 July, the Second Court upheld the conviction to Perez, to resolve an appeal to the condemnation that previously had issued the Court Criminal . 3.2.1 Twelfth since 2 December 2015. Perez was convicted following that in a raid on his home on 12 January 2015, he found four firearms without permission: two revolver caliber 39, a 9 mm. weapon, and a minimax. The raid was made as part of the investigation that was initiated over the telephone wiretap case of the previous government from the CSN and that affected more than 150 people. The judge of the Second Court Adolfo Mejía, Rapporteur of fault, said that there is no doubt as to the criminal responsibility of Perez, because there is no documentation showing legal possession of weapons. That is to say, the weapons were not permitted. Mejia warned that the ballistics evidence showed that the weapons were suitable to be fired. Similarly, the judge gave validity to the attestation of copies to the Public Ministry to investigate a Perez for an offense against the public administration, due to the fact that one of the two 38-caliber revolvers that had in their house, were from the PN. The trial for illegal possession of arms was carried out on 21 October 2015 in the Court . 3.2.1 Twelfth Criminal, then that Perez had welcomed to an abbreviated process. The Judge Oscar Carrasquilla applied a penalty of 8 years in prison, of which he was rebate to 5 years and 4 months due to that Perez had welcomed the abbreviated process. Perez, who remains detained in El Renacer prison was called to trial in the Court 16th criminal by the case of the telephone punctures and is pending to carry out the hearing. http://www.tvn-2.com/nacionales/judicial/Confirman-condena-Gustavo-Perez-posesion_0_4566293390.html
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Moderator_02 posted a topic in Corruption, Fraud, and Scandals - Investigations / Prosecutionshttp://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/varela-calls-justice-system-act-nation