PICTURED: Colombian Police Arrests Prominent Panama Businessman Listed By The US As A Major Launderer Of Drug Money

Handout video grab released the Police of Colombia showing Panamanian Nidal Ahmed Waked Hatum (R) after he was arrested in Bogota on May 4, 2016.
Colombian police arrested one of the heads of a prominent Panama business family listed by the United States as a major launderer of drug money, officials said Friday. Officers detained Waked at Bogota airport after he arrived there on Wednesday, police chiefs told a news conference Friday. The Waked family run a large luxury goods, duty-free shop and real estate business. The United States blacklisted them as a major drug money-laundering organization on Thursday. / AFP PHOTO / POLICIA DE COLOMBIA /
Colombian police arrested one of the heads of a prominent Panama business family listed by the United States as a major launderer of drug money, officials said Friday [May 6]. Officers detained Nidal Ahmed Waked Hatum, 44, at Bogota airport after he arrived there on Wednesday, police chiefs told a news conference Friday.

The state prosecution service said in a statement Thursday it had signed a warrant to capture and extradite him to the United States. It said Waked Hatum, who is a national of Spain, Colombia and Panama, is wanted by a court in Florida for alleged fraud and money-laundering.

The Waked family run a large luxury goods, duty-free shop and real estate business. The United States blacklisted them as a major drug money-laundering organization on Thursday. It put top members of the family and their businesses, including the Grupo Wisa and La Riviera luxury goods groups, the Balboa Bank and Trust, and two top newspapers, on a sanctions blacklist.

The US Treasury named Waked Hatum and Abdul Mohamed Waked Fares, 66, as co-leaders of the “Waked Money Laundering Organization”. The move locks them out of doing business with Americans and freezes their US assets.




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