Panamanians are placing all their hopes in newly-elected President Varela; the first thing that needs to be fixed is the country's broken and totally corrupt justice system. A case in point: an individual whose extradition to Canada has been in limbo for eight months, while the Supreme Court of Justice sits on all pending motions.
The prisoner, Dr. Arthur Porter, has taken the extraordinary step of suing the Government of Panama for $140m in damages. Porter, who is fighting extradition to face Canadian fraud charges alleging that he stole $22.5m, from a hospital construction project, also claims that he has been illegally denied medical car while in custody at one of Panama's prisons. Porter is the former head of SIRC, the watchdog committee that oversees CSIS, the Canadian intelligence service.
|Porter in custody in Panama|