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May 18, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Otto Lakas, the 21-year-old son of a former Panamanian president, was found not guilty in U.S. District Court in Lubbock, Tex., of threatening to kill President Bush. The Lubbock Christian University student had faced up to five years in prison if convicted. The son of Demetrio B. Lakas, Panama's president from 1972-78, was accused of threatening Bush in a discussion at a pawnshop where he was looking at a gun.
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May 18, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Otto Lakas, the 21-year-old son of a former Panamanian president, was found not guilty in U.S. District Court in Lubbock, Tex., of threatening to kill President Bush. The Lubbock Christian University student had faced up to five years in prison if convicted. The son of Demetrio B. Lakas, Panama's president from 1972-78, was accused of threatening Bush in a discussion at a pawnshop where he was looking at a gun.
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May 17, 1990 | Associated Press
A former Panamanian president testified today that his son is on trial for threatening to kill President Bush because of a misunderstanding of his people's culture. "We always talk about killing someone. Even two or three times. Latins are fiery and outspoken," Demetrio B. Lakas, president of Panama from 1972 to 1978, told jurors. "But it is not taken seriously. It's a way of expressing ourselves," he said under cross-examination.
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April 19, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The 21-year-old son of a former Panamanian president was arrested after threatening to kill President Bush because of the Panama invasion, officials said today. "I have a .22-caliber rifle at home and a bullet with Bush's name engraved on it," a Secret Service affidavit quoted the man as saying. "Bush is coming to Lubbock and I will blow his . . . head off."
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