Readers have been following my reports on the efforts of Panamanian law enforcement to capture the elusive fugitive Dutch fraudster, Okke Ornstein, who has been evading arrest through constant movement, will be interested in learning that the Panamanian criminal justice system has obtained a conviction in Absentia. The Criminal Court, of the First Judicial Provincial Circuit, has ruled that Ornstein is guilty of multiple white collar crimes, and has issued its order accordingly.
It has been rumoured that Panama's beleaguered President, Ricardo Martinelli, engaged Ornstein as a Public Relations spin-master recently. Subsequent reports say that Ornstein was later abruptly relieved of that position, for unknown reasons.
|Ornstein and his partner, master Ponzi schemer Marc Harris|
Sentencing is scheduled for 3 October, and it appears that the long arm of justice is about to grasp Mr. Ornstein firmly about the neck, and apply firm pressure; He cannot evade capture indefinitely.
One final note: apparently he failed to appear at a hearing involving another criminal case in Panama today, and yet another warrant has been issued for his arrest.