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Canal Treaty Debate / Panamanians and Drug Charges #52775

ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 24, 1978
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(Studio) Senator hearings on charges that family of Panama's Omar Torrijos was involved in drug trafficking noted. Report on reaction from Panamanian government
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Panama City, Panama) Omar Torrijos' appearance for bank opening ceremonies, along with ceremonial President Demetrio Lakas, reported (Report is interrupted by local news bulletin; 5:09:40 to 5:10:40.) [MAN - details own reaction to drug trafficking charges against Panamanian government officials, include Panama's ambassador to Spain, Moises Torrijos. Describes Moises Torrijos as too much Catholic and Christian to deal in drugs. Cites Omar Torrijos' reaction to charges.] Lakas' statement with regard to Senate vote on treaty reported.
REPORTER: Bernard Shaw

(Studio) Reporter Shaw's communication that Panama considers withdrawing Moises Torrijos as ambassador to Spain, despite denials of involvement in drug trafficking, noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reasoner, Harry;
Shaw, Bernard

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