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Outrage over suspected killer jail break

Posted on December 30, 2016 in Panama

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 OUTRAGED FRIENDS and relatives  of the five Chinese­- Panamanian youths murdered and some buried alive between 2010 and 2011 protested  on the streets of Chorrera on  Friday Dec 30.

They demanded the early recapture of Dominican Gilberto Ventura Ceballos, who is charged in the deaths and who escaped from La Joyita prison on Dec. 28.

With banners in hand and dressed in white, they appealed to the judicial authorities to expedite the case.

They said they were outraged after they  learned of the escape.

Ventura Ceballos was extradited from the Dominican Republic in November 2011 after the authorities of the island confirmed his identity.

He has also used the names of Angel Betancourt and Fermín Taveras.

A  $25,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his recapture.


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At least now we get to see a mugshot.



Suspected killer of five breaks jail

Posted on December 29, 2016 in Panama

Ceballos has been detained since Jan 2012
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A $25,000 reward has been offered for information on the whereabouts of  of a suspected killer of five who escaped from La Joyita prison on Wednesday December 28.

Gilberto Ventura Ceballos  is accused of kidnapping and murdering five

Chinese­Panamanian youths in La Chorrera between 2010 and 2011.

Police who upped the reward from $5,000 to $25,000 that search operations for the fugitive have intensified.


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Escape artist on Interpol most wanted list

Posted on January 21, 2017 in Panama

Gilberto Ventura Ceballos
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GILBERTO VENTURA CEBALLOS,  who has a $50,000 reward on his head  since his escape from La Joyita prison on December 28, is now on Interpol’s most wanted list.

He was one of those involved in the kidnapping and murder of five young people of Asian descent in La Chorrera,  five years ago

In 2011, Ventura was arrested by the Dominican Republic Police and extradited to Panama, as implicated in the death of  the five Panamanian youths between 2010 and 2011.

He was caught in the Andrés district , in Boca Chica in Santo Domingo, submerged in  a tank full of water to try to evade police. He had dyed his hair and erased his fingerprints.

The fugitive, was  involved in the crime along with another Dominican, José Alcibíades Méndez, who buried the victims in the garden of his house in La Chorrera.

Because of his escape record he should  have been in a more secure pavilion said the former director of the Penitentiary System.

In 2004, Ventura fled a prison in the Dominican Republic where he was in prison for the kidnapping of a Chinese merchant.

The suspect also used and passports with the identities of Fermín Antonio Taveras Ramírez and Ángel Betancourt.

The  Panama National Police has offered a reward of $50,000. For information leading to his arrest.


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Key suspects missing in multi-murder trial

Relatives of murdered students

 THE TRIAL of  Gilberto Ventura Ceballos and 11 other people, linked to the alleged kidnapping torture and murder of five university students in Panama West, will be on May 2 at 10:00 a.m.

Ventura Ceballos Ventura Ceballos, who had been detained since January 2012, escaped from  La Joyita prison on Dec. 28 and the whereabouts of Inés Magalis Torres Flores, are also unknown.

The hearing is for  the events leading to the deaths of Jessenia Loo Kan, Yong Jian Wu, Samy Zeng Chen, Joel Mauricio Liu Wong and Georgina del Carmen Lee, between 2010 and 2011.

Charged with  kidnapping, homicide and  money laundering are: Alcibiades Méndez, Ventura Ceballos, Keyla Bendibú, Mario Luis Vega, Kenny Bendibú, Roberto Mariscal and the Dominican Félix del Rosario.

A provisional dismissal was given to Santos Mendoza and Julio Marmolejo, who had been accused of kidnapping and murder.

Inés Torres Flores, Inés Chavarría and Delmira Torres, are accused of money laundering with the money collected for the kidnappings.



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Alleged killer of 5 students recaptured


GILBERT0  Ventura Ceballos, accused of the kidnapping and murder of five university students in La Chorrera was recaptured in Costa Rica on Friday, September 22.

He escaped from La Joyita prison Dec 28.  after being detained since January  2012.


Ventura Ceballos

Ventura Ceballos is accused of the alleged abduction and murder of five Chinese-Panamanian students in La Chorrera between 2010 and 2011.

Security Minister Alexis Bethancourt, accompanied by National Police Director  Omar Pinzón, told a press conference that Ventura Ceballos, a Dominican, was captured with the cooperation of authorities in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. Pinzon said the police forces worked as one.

The fugitive was captured in the Central Pacific sector of Costa Rica, in a tourist area close to the city of San José.



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Multi murder suspect in max security

Ventura with heavily armed escort

PRISON ESCAPEE and accused kidnapper and killer of five university students Gilberto Ventura Ceballos is back in Panama in a maximum security cell after being recaptured in Costa Rica on Friday, September 22.

Ventura,  who had a $50,000 price tag on his head,  has a record of escapes in his native Dominican Republic and Panama authorities were criticized when he escaped from La Joyita prison on December 28. The location of his latest cell has not been revealed.

The Attorney of Primary Care, Julio Villarreal, said that they have not yet had contact with any defense of the detainee as his previous lawyer resigned.

The first prosecutor against organized crime, David Mendoza, said that Ventura was being prosecuted for the escape case under the Accusatory Criminal System, which will likely be heard this week.

The cases for the kidnappings and homicides of the five young Panamanians of Chinese origin, some six years ago  are pending in the Superior Court of Justice, under the Inquisitorial  System



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