Panama – September 27th, 2013 - The government of the Republic of Panama has approved Law 62 of September 17, 2013, which adds provisions to the Criminal Code. These new provisions address the crime of terrorism, as well as common aggravating circumstances.
Through Law 62 of September 17, 2013, the following addition is made to Article 2 of the Criminal Code:
Article 2. Article 295-A is added to the Criminal Code, to wit:
Article 295-A. Any person who supplies, provides, or furnishes false information regarding the existence of radioactive material, weapons, fire, explosives, biological or poisonous substances, or any other weapon of mass destruction or element with said potential, against living beings, public services, property, or other items, disturbing the public peace or causing panic, terror, or fear in the entire population or any part thereof, will be sentenced to six (6) months to one (1) year of prison, without prejudice to any civil claims that may be brought against said perpetrator for damages caused.
When said crime is committed on air, ground, or maritime transport, and/or at air, ground, or maritime transport terminals, and/or in places where a large number of people gather, the penalty shall be from four (4) to six (6) years of prison.
If the perpetrator of said crime is a foreign citizen, an immediate order of deportation shall be decreed upon completion of the sentence established in this article, and said foreign national’s re-entry into Panama shall be permanently denied.