Nessin Abadi, a Panamanian businessman, of Middle Eastern extraction, and who is associated the ownership of several Panama City companies that trade with Cuba, including AudioFoto, has been under house arrest in Havana for the past year, according to family sources who released the information, in an effort to secure his release. Abadi, who has reportedly been charged with corruption, operated some of his businesses from the Colon Free Zone. He had allegedly traveled to Havana to collect a large debt owed by the Government of Cuba, and was taken into custody after his arrival.
Notwithstanding the widespread American sanctions against Cuba, many Panamanian companies are engaged in exporting a wide variety of goods there, including the transshipment of US-made goods, which are barred by law from resale to Cuban purchasers.
Abadi's alleged criminal misconduct, which purportedly involved bribes and kickbacks, most likely occurred over a period of several years, and if so, why detain and charge him now ? There's much more to this story than appears on the surface; has Abadi fallen out of favor with the Castro government, and why ? We shall seek to get some answers, and report back shortly.