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"He's going to die in jail, and with him the truth."-Alberto Almanza, who headed the Truth Commission on rights abuses under Panama's former dictator Manuel Noriega, lamenting the seven-year prison sentence handed to Noriega by a Paris court for money-laundering.
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Alberto Almanza, president of the Truth Commission, praised the approval of the creation of the investigative agency.It is, he said, "one more step" toward carrying out justice for the relatives that have gone for years yearning for it, and who have been denied it by the Panamanian Public Ministry.
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'If I had proof, I would have been the first to say, `Stop everything!' On the contrary, I'm seeing this dog find important things," Truth Commission director Alberto Almanza said in an interview.
, who was indicted last week for his
role in the affair, remains skeptical of the charges of fraud, even as clues pile up in the United States.According to the Detroit Free Press
, at least 50 of Anderson's cases are being reviewed.
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But commission President Alberto Almanza insists that the commission will press on with its work and that ultimately it will succeed.
"I think the objective of the commission is justice and all that that entails, including that the killers pay the penalty for what they did," Almanza
complained, neither Panama's congress nor U.S. officials have been helpful.
said there was political fallout from the commission's April report, some from people who still consider Torrijos a hero for signing the treaty that gave Panama control of the canal, some from liberal intellectuals who scored it for not criticizing the United States more directly for turning a blind eye to the disappearances.
staff believe the United States knew more than it has revealed about Torrijos' impending coup, but have found no smoking gun showing the United States was in any way involved in the homicidal domestic policies that would ensue.
And even if that step proves inconclusive, Almanza
insists the commission has served a purpose.
"Before this, the life and death of the victims, the way they died and who might have done it, were totally unknown," he
They then attempted to cover up the slaying by burying his body in a mass grave nearby, truth commission director Alberto Almanza said in the report.