Temas Especiales

26 de Jun de 2022

Nacional

Justice took 38 years to come

“It had to be an international institution that gave us justice, because in Panama, the doors were closed for us,” said Patria Portugal,...

“It had to be an international institution that gave us justice, because in Panama, the doors were closed for us,” said Patria Portugal, the daughter of Heliodoro. “I've been demanding justice for 18 years now, but I'll continue fighting in the Panamanian courts.”

Meanwhile, lawyer Mariela Martino of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), showed her satisfaction for the ruling, because it was the first time the Panamanian State was sentenced in a forced-disappearance case.

Martino said that IACHR's judges demand that the Panamanian State pay Portugal's heirs compensation within a year. Furthermore, the government has to publish the ruling in the official gazette (Gaceta) and in a newspaper.

According to Panameñista Party's Jorge Gamboa Arosemena, the ruling opens the doors to other families whose relatives have disappeared to demand justice. At this moment in time when the political campaign is in full swing, “those who supported the military dictatorship should ask the Panamanian people for forgiveness,” said Gamboa Arosemena.

The ruling delivered on Friday.