- La Prensa
On monday, a Panamanian court designated a complex case and extended the investigation period for prison breaking by 4 months, against Dominican Gilberto Ventura Ceballos, accused of murdering five young Panamanians and rearrested in September in Costa Rica, according to the Judicial Branch (OJ).
Magistrate Judge of the First Judicial Circuit Francisco Carpintero made the decision in a hearing after Deputy Prosecutor of Organized Crime Miguel Tuñón requested the extension due to the high number of prosecuted and the plurality of the facts.
The Prosecutor based his request on the involvement of the prosecuted in the fact and that they are still in the investigation phase.
The case involves Ventura Ceballos and 7 Panamanians, charged with the alleged commission of the crime against the administration of justice of La Joya Prison, criminal association and illegal practice of profession to the detriment of Panamanian society.
The decision was accepted by the plaintiff attorney, but not by the members of the defense who noted that the Public Prosecutor's Office has had enough time for the corresponding investigations, according to a statement from the OJ.
In this hearing, lawyers Nora Martínez, Carlos Herrera, Emiro Córdoba and Chanida Pérez requested the revocation of the precautionary measure of their defendants, who are under provisional arrest, house arrest and on parole.
The Magistrate Judge issued provisional arrest and house arrest against 3 of the accused, but admitted the change of place where one of them was reported.
In this case, lawyers Rogelio Cruz (former attorney representing Ventura Ceballos), Adán Castillo, Rodolfo Pinzón, Emiro Córdoba and Teófilo López Ávila also participate.
On September 29 a court in Panama opened this case for crimes such as prison breaking against Ventura Ceballos, accused of killing five young Panamanians and rearrested on September 22 in Costa Rica.
Ventura Ceballos was charged with crimes of prison breaking and criminal association by Magistrate Judge Adrián Hernández, who in this case ordered his provisional arrest.