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28 de Nov de 2020

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Lawyer claims he was persecuted

PANAMA. American lawyerRichard Lehman, the lawyer and executor of the estate of Wilson Charles Lucom, has formally accused Panama of Hu...

PANAMA. American lawyerRichard Lehman, the lawyer and executor of the estate of Wilson Charles Lucom, has formally accused Panama of Human Rights violations before the Inte-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States OAS.

Lehman said that from the time he was appointed executor of Lucom’s will, the courts, law enforcement and immigration authorities in Panama have persecuted him relentlessly.

According to the lawyer, within two months of his appointment, the Panamanian criminal justice system tried to remove him from his executor role and he was subjected to five completely false arrest warrants in Panama.

Furthermore, Lehman said that the president of the Supreme Court of Panama, Harley Mitchell kept him outside of the country for a year, before throwing out one of the alleged false warrants.

On another occasion, he was illegally arrested by the Panamanian police and held under armed guard for 15 hours on a criminal charge that weeks earlier had been held to be illegal by all nine justices the the Panama Supreme Court.

Lucom died in June 2, 2006 leaving $50 million to the poor children of Panama. Since then his widow, Hilda Lucom, 86, has fought the will through Panamanian lawyers.

Lehman believes that it is not Mrs Lucom, who is fighting the will, but her children from her first husband.

The lawyer is requesting the OAS to call upon Panama to adopt precautionary measures to guarantee that he can carry on his duty as executor of Lucom’s will, without further harassment or endangerment, because, due to the constant warrant, he has not be able to travel freely to the country.

The lawyer added that although the competent authorities have been notified of the situation, nothing has been done. Speaking from the United States, Lehman told the Panama Star, “I have been punished for doing the right thing and I know that somehow along the way there is going to be a happy ending for the poor children of Panama, desperate for help. Lucom’s money can be the answer.”