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Ex-President Humala Can Not Leave Peru Without Judicial Permission

By: Karina Martín - Jan 19, 2017, 5:33 pm
Former president Ollanta Humala has had his travel restricted by Peruvian authorities (
Former president Ollanta Humala has had his travel restricted by Peruvian authorities (Proactivo).

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Former President Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia, can not move or leave the country without prior judicial permission.

The decision was made by Judge Concepcion Carhuancho, following an investigation into alleged laundering of assets for contributions to the Nationalist Party in the 2006 and 2011 election campaigns.

The former head of state must also check in with the court every 30 days to justify his activities and go through a biometric control.

The measure will be implemented immediately, even given its likely appeal to a higher court, following the request of the Public Ministry to deem the former president an increased flight risk.

Carhuancho established that the couple’s flight risk has greatly increased, citing two recent power of attorney agreements, both dated November 22, 2016.

In the first, Nadine Heredia empowers her husband Ollanta Humala to travel with his youngest children, or with a person he designates, within or outside of the country, without limitation. In the other, both spouses grant the same power to Rosa Elena Heredia Mendoza.

The decision was reported to the Ministry of Migration, so that they can record in their official database that the ex-president can only leave the country with prior judicial authorization.

“It is an effective measure, fulfilling the purpose of the injunction, in order to prevent flight and provide appropriate  judicial control of the investigated,” indicates a press release issued by the Peruvian judiciary.

The accusations that they are facing include allegedly receiving money from the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez for Humala’s 2006 election campaign, as well as from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, but no judicial action has yet been taken against him with regard to these matters.

Sources: El Comercio, La Republica, RPP Noticias

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Cuba and the United States Finalize Gulf of Mexico Maritime Dispute

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Jan 19, 2017, 5:04 pm
The US and Cuba have recently settled a long running maritime dispute in the Gulf of Mexico (

Español As Obama's presidency winds to a close, Cuba and the United States have reached another landmark agreement, this time signing a treaty definitively settles a longstanding maritime dispute in the Gulf of Mexico. Both countries signed a bilateral treaty that delimits their respective borders in the region. According to the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a similar treaty was also signed between Cuba and Mexico. Read More: Cubans with US Tourist Visas Detained, Deported After Policy Change Read More: Cuba's Internet Just Got Cheaper, Might Finally Reach Homes The acting American ambassador in Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, and the Cuban Deputy Minister of Transport, Marta Oramas Rivero, signed the treaty at the US State Department headquarters in Washington on Wednesday, which put to rest a dispute over the continental platform of the Eastern Polygon region of the Gulf of Mexico. With these two agreements, an old trilateral dispute regarding "a no-man's land," located just outside the territorial waters of each respective nation, came to an end. The agreements cover the Gulf of Mexico's Eastern Gap, an area believed to be rich in oil and gas deposits. The sprawling disputed maritime zone covered territory located between the coasts of the Mexican state of Yucatan (southeastern Mexico), the American state of Louisiana, and the northwestern part of Cuba. The talks began on July 5, 2016, as a byproduct of the beginning of normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba in December 2014. Due to the characteristics of the treaty, the agreement must be ratified by the US Senate, which is currently controlled by a Republican majority. Under international law, every country has the right to exploit the resources found within 200 miles of its coast, but in the event that these boundaries overlap with other nations, it becomes a matter of international law. Mexico and the United States have already signed an agreement for the exploitation and development of the region in question. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Also, the State Department announced another agreement to collaborate in the matter of maritime rescues in neighboring areas. The United States and Cuba also have signed an agreement in Havana to jointly prevent, contain, and clean up spills of oil and other toxic substances in the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits. According to DeLaurentis, the document is another step forward in the common effort to protect the marine environment in the straits and the gulf. "Establishing a mutual framework that includes diplomatic, legal, and technical elements to prepare for and respond to oil spills in the marine environment is particularly important for our neighbors within 90 nautical miles," he said. Since the restoration of diplomatic relations, both nations have signed more than a dozen cooperation agreements, including postal service, the fight against drug trafficking, and the protection of marine life. In addition, they have negotiated on other complex issues such as compensation for Cuba's nationalization of American-owned assets, or extradition of prisoners. With the arrival of Donald Trump to the US presidency on Friday, it remains to be seen what impact he will have on US Cuba relations. Sources: IPS Noticias, Hispan TV

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