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These are the end results after corrupt Police officers smuggle in illegal items into the La Joya

Updated: Oct 8, 2019



The video clip below is my testimony explaining the dangers of prohibited items entering the La Joya facility and the dangers they cause. Two months after this video an inmate Pablo Olivera from Portugal had cut inside his groin on both sides, then swallowed the Gillette blade to end his own life.


Penitentiary Obligations Code Compliance Rule book - Mental Integrity - Standard minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners with physiological issues Act 1954 Panamanian Ley


The medical officer shall have the care of the physical and mental health of the prisoners and should daily see all sick prisoners, all who complain of illness, and any prisoner to whom his attention is specially directed.

  1. The medical officer shall have the care of the physical and mental health of the prisoners and should daily see all sick prisoners, all who complain of illness, and any prisoner to whom his attention is specially directed.

  2. To realise adequate physical exercise outdoors for a minimum of one hour per day. All youth, full inmates and others, where age and physical condition permits, to be included in special physical education programs and recreation.30. To have security personal, in such manner as to guard the physical, mental and spiritual integrity.

Pablo Olivera was in such a poor mind-set he could not cope or take the extreme harsh conditions within which we all had to survive, sadly for Pablo Olivera he never had the chance to see any of his family or his children. Panama needs to be held account for these avoidable atrocities and with Panama Human Rights and gods help they will.



Many people became suicidal due to lack of proper medical care, including myself, many inmates wrote letters for medical help these were then delivered to the penitentiary Director himself “Ronaldo Lopez” all requests remain unanswered to this day.

Upon sending my first request for medical help it was returned to me by an inmate from the administration offices saying the Director would not accept letters in English, only in his native Spanish. This was a serious violation of the penitentiary code 1954; many people’s lives depended upon the administration building to arrange peoples medical issues, by ignoring inmates cries for help caused many fatalities.

In La Joya, the only way to communicate was either via a guard who could not be trusted to deliver you message unless you paid them and even then that was not a guaranteed, or in written format and somehow smuggled into the administration building by a working inmate, these were your only two life lines, the Embassy’s were as good as a chocolate tea pot, only focusing on trade and investments and had not the time to be burdened by a crying prisoner.

The director himself should, and must face the full force of the law for his actions whilst at the helm, with Panama Human Rights help we seek justice for those who died under his watch and for the families who now do not have a husband, a dad, or son.

The law says communication will be accepted in any format, or language this is underpinned in Panamanian Law & International conventions.

Prisoners with machetes, whist prison guards look on totally unarmed and in grave danger of having their heads cut off at any moment by a homicidal prisoner.



President Varela this is bad governance, and you ask why are people being killed inside your prisons, the answer is that you do not want to spend money in maintaining your prisons.







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