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12 Haitian migrants placed under provisional arrest for acts of vandalism in Darien

12 Haitian migrants placed under provisional arrest for acts of vandalism in Darien

A judge of guarantees ordered on Wednesday night, August 5, the provisional arrest of a group of 12 immigrants who attacked agents of the National Border Service (Senafront), in Peñita, Darien province.
Immigrants were imposed the injunction for allegedly being involved in the crimes of arson, damages, theft and personal injury against the Senafront agents.

The incident was registered on August 1 in the town of Peñita, in the province of Darién.

The migrants were allegedly protesting for better conditions. They also asked that they be allowed to travel to the United States.

On August 3, it was reported that after the vandalism incidents last Saturday in the temporary shelters of Peñita and Lajas Blancas, Darien province, the National Migration Service of Panama is analyzing the possible deportation of the migrants involved.

In a statement from Migration, it is highlighted that these acts can be defined by expulsion, since the Law establishes that any foreigner who commits a crime in the national territory must leave the country permanently without being able to return at another time.

All cases are being referred to the corresponding national authorities, to define their legal consequences and proceed with the corresponding immigration actions, said a statement from the National Migration Service.
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