Two Canadians, Natalia Stachowiak, a 21 year-old from Edmonton, and 27 year-old Calgarian, Christina Jocko are in a Panamanian prison.
Their case has been in process by the federal government since November, 2014. They have been waiting for a judgement for two years to serve the sentence in their home country of Canada.
After three weeks, their documents arrived at the Canadian embassy and were delivered to them in the Centro Femenino de Rehabilitación. They both need to read and review the contents of the documents before submitting it to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency.
Natalia Stachowiak and Christina Jocko are two of 300 Canadians who are jailed in a foreign country who are requesting to serve their sentences on their home country.
Only 40% of transfer submissions are ever granted and take more than a year to process. Nearly 57% of these people are being held in jail for suspicion of drug trafficking and the other 43% are being held for suspicion of other crimes and other offences. In order to be granted a transfer to their home country, they need to go through a lengthy trial process. After which the foreign country has to approve the transfer and the documents will then be sent to the home country of the prisoner. This process can take a month or up to more than a year.
Natalia has been imprisoned for six and a half years and Christina for nine years. It is believed that Natalia was travelling to Panama on holidays and one of the guys from her hometown in the airport offered her a free trip if she brought cash in return for drugs and she was caught by the airport authorities. There is no story about Christina as to how she was caught but she has dealt with drugs her entire life which has landed her in the Panamanian prison now.