The Eighth Circuit of the Criminal Court of the First Judicial Circuit of Panama ordered the "immediate" release of Gustavo Pérez from El Renacer prison, the former director of the National Police and Security Council.
The order of the release to Pérez is in virtue to the fact that the bail of release was registered in his favor by the Second Superior Court of Justice, with bail of release for $ 150 thousand, after four years of being in detention and two convictions that they are not firm.
Pérez was detained in El Renacer prison for crimes against the administration of justice, facts denounced by Rolando López, director of the Security Council.
Through the sentence No. 01 of January 3, 2019, the judge of the Sixteenth Criminal Circuit of Panama, Enrique Pérez, declared criminally responsible Gustavo Adolfo Pérez De La Ossa and Alejandro Garúz Recuero, as primary accomplices of an offense against freedom, in its modality of crimes against the inviolability of secrecy and the right to privacy.
Both defendants were sentenced to 50 months imprisonment, and as an accessory penalty the disqualification for the exercise of public functions for the same term was imposed, once the main penalty was served.
Indicates the ruling that the defendants have the right to be computed in their favor the time they have served preventive detention.
Gustavo Pérez was sentenced to 5 years and 4 months in prison for alleged illegal possession of a weapon, and there is a cassation appeal pending before the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice and the speaker is Judge José Ayú Prado, while for the alleged crime of wiretapping, the sentence is 4 years and two months, and for the latter, an appeal was also lodged that is in the Second Court of Justice.
At the exit of the El Renacer penitentiary, lawyers, family and friends of Gustavo Pérez arrived, including his brother Iván Pérez, businessman and member of the Cambio Democrático party, Riccardo Francolini, and Panamanian sports legend Roberto Durán.
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