A judge of guarantees has ordered provisional detention for six men charged with the robbery and rape of Norwegian tourists on a sailboat that moored in Nombre de Dios Bay in the province of Colon in the early hours of Saturday November 9
The men wearing balaclavas and carrying knives and firearms traveled in a boat with an outboard motor and boarded the Alibaba sailboat, stealing money, laptops and cell phones. They raped the two women crew members one aged 22, the other 35.
After the attack, the sailboat moved to Portobelo and reported the outrage to the National Police. The two young women were treated at a local health center
The closed hearing was held at the headquarters of the accusatory Criminal System (SPA) in Colon.
The authorities are moving quickly because the victims will leave the country on Saturday.
Tourism Authority (ATP) Director Iván Eskildsen said that if security is impaired, efforts to attract more tourists
will fail. He said that the problem must be tackled head-on because Panama’s international reputation as a safe destination cannot be put into play.
The president of the Chamber of Tourism, Antonio Alfaro said that the judges should not reach any kind of penalty agreement with those responsible