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Prosecutor’s Office Raids National Olympic Committee

October 26, 2007

Officials from the Prosecutor’s Office raided the National Olympic Committee (CON) headquarters in Coronado, northeast of San José, last Friday to investigate its president Jorge Nery, who is accused of 37 crimes including falsification of documents and fraud.

Four prosecutors, four judges and about 30 judicial agents took over the building for several hours, taking about eight computers and 20 boxes of documents with the committee’s accounting

information.

Nery was not in the building when it was raided and has not talked to the press about the issue. His lawyer Laureano Castro told the daily La Nación there is “nothing abnormal” to justify accusations against his client. He said the raid was a standard procedure the committee had been expecting.

The documents collected will be analyzed by the Accounting Unit of the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ).

Prosecutor Ana Daisy Quirós has been assigned to the case, which came about after former CON official Danny Valverde presented a complaint against Nery.No preventive measures have been taken against Nery, who has been president of the committee for almost 22 years.

 

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