Gabriel Medina is removed from the position of Police Director
After the removal of Gabriel Medina, the Ministry of Education indicated that the current deputy director of the Police, Rafael Álvarez, will assume the position temporarily.
On Friday night, the Ministry of Security ( Minseg ) of Panama announced the removal of Gabriel Medina from the position of Director of the National Police.
"Based on Article 41 of Law 18 of June 3, 1997, which empowers the President of the Republic to freely appoint and remove the Director of the National Police, we make general knowledge that as of the date he is removed from office of director to Mr. Gabriel Medina", specifies the institution in a statement.
The Ministry of Education, without giving details of the removal, indicated that the current deputy director of the institution, Rafael Álvarez, will assume the position until a new head is appointed.
Gabriel Medina, who replaced Jorge Miranda after reaching his 30 years of service (retirement time), took over as director of the Police on January 25.
For his part, Álvarez, who was also appointed in January of this year, has worked as chief of the Metropolitan Police, director of Investigation and Police Intelligence and head of the Western Battalion-National Border Service (Senafront).
Medina's dismissal comes amid questions after the disclosure of an institutional video in which members of the National Police of Panama send a message of "solidarity" dedicated to the Colombian Police, which in recent days has been pointed out by possible human rights violations, abuses and excessive use of force during recent citizen protests.