About 46 minors They were relocated and maintain measures of protection within the framework of cases from sexual abuse Y mistreatment on hostels from Panamasaid Tuesday one of the prosecutors investigating this scandal.

“The Public Ministry (Prosecutor’s Office) has relocated minors and issued protection measures in favor of 46 children within the investigations that the prosecutors carry out,” explained the Superior Tax from Family, Katya Meléndez.

Although the scandal of the hostels burst into February proast after diffusion of a parliamentary report, Prosecutor Meléndez maintained that open since “2017 a the date, some 26 investigations related to the commission of crimes “in these shelters that are under State supervision.

“Criminal irregularities in shelters,” said the official, “were already the subject of investigation” in the Prosecutor’s Office before the presentation of a parliamentary report, which details alleged sexual abuse and mistreatment of minors since at least 2015.

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What was revealed to the public by the report generated a be from indignation in Panama, with constant protests street for demand justice Y punishment to the responsibles, and harsh criticism against the National Secretariat for Children, Adolescents and the Family (Senniaf), which is in charge of supervising shelters in the country.

Meléndez explained that the Prosecutor’s Office inspected “everyone” the hostels, a total of 57, and that so far in four from them they foundsituations de criminal connotation and which are being investigated at this time. “

The parliamentary document was added to the investigations already open, said Meléndez.

According to the data of the Prosecutor’s Office, there are six people charged for these cases, one of them, a man 54 years old who was condemned a 14 years from prison for to abuse in the 2018 dit’s a little girl from 12 years in a hostel located in the Caribbean province of Colon.

The hostels andn Panama, which have a population from around 1,200 minors Y teenagers in situation of vulnerability, they are administered by NGOs and foundations and receive public subsidies.

In the middle of the hostel scandal Eduardo Ullo resignedto how attorney general, position assumed by his alternate, Javier Caraballo, who according to observers has given speed to the investigations.

Also I quit Mayra silvera What director from I think, a position that he had assumed this same year and that has already been filled by lawyer Graciela Mauad. EFE


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