Fifer hid his conviction for drug dealing to Canada to get position in mining firm
Businessman and former Governor of the province of Cocle Richard Fifer is still in legal problems because if Canada authorities discovered his strategy, he could spend about 20 years in prison there.
- Británico Quesada Ábrego ([email protected]) /
- - Actualizado: 04/4/16 - 05:20 am
Former Governor of the province of Cocle Richard Glenn Fifer Carles, currently detained for withholding Social Security (CSS) labor-management contributions, hid the Canadian Government the fact that he had been convicted for drug offences in 1976 by a court in the former Canal Zone.
Sources linked to the mining activity explained that the Toronto Exchange prohibits anyone convicted for criminal cases to hold positions of director, officer or President of a company that is part of the stock market.
Fifer´s demeanor, explained one of the information sources, could make a "zonian" spend 20 years in prison in Canada if they would find him guilty because it is a Canadian federal crime.
The case dates back to year 1976, when the Court of the Canal Zone, district of Balboa, sentenced Fifer to 90 days in prison, once it declared him guilty of distribution of marijuana and cocaine.
The sentence included the suspension of 15 months in prison and four years of probation in favor of Fifer.
For this, however, the Court submitted Fifer to a procedure provided he did not commit an offence in the Canal Zone (disappeared in 1978, following the signing of the Torino’s-Carter Treaty in 1977), in Panama, in United States or other jurisdiction, he also was made to report himself to a probation officer.
The documents noted that the crime committed by Fifer involved sentences of 18 months in prison for each of the five charges committed.
The events passed in August 1975, when Fifer admitted to Zonian Court of his possessing marijuana and cocaine for sale.
The sentence was issued on 26 February 1976, while two years later, the probation officer sent a report to the Court which stated that Fifer complied with the requirements of probation and was required to file record, just was the case.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, March 2, the appeal Court of Cocle upheld the decision of a constitutional judge of keeping Fifer in custody, once the defense of businessman and former Governor of Cocle appealed on the grounds that his client committed no crime.
In the Court of appeal asked the defense, however, the higher court considered that the former Governor will remain detained until they complete the summary executions.
Anti-corruption Prosecutor Aurelio Vázquez said that the businessman has demonstrated the flight risk, neglecting the process and lack of entrenchment because he was never located at the addresses given.
He pointed out that if it is true that Fifer came to respond to the authorities it was because he was conducted, as he had a plane ticket to the United States, which proves that he had no intention of responding to their criminal cases.