One mom’s Mother’s Day card: Get Out of Jail Free
President Oscar Arias announced the pardon of mother Miriam Umaña in honor of the Mother´s Day holiday. Umaña had been serving an eight-year sentence since March 2007 for funneling drugs into prison, which she claimed she did to feed her children.
“We did an analysis of her life circumstances,” said Justice Ministry press officer Emilia Segura. “Considering her situation, it made sense for us to free her.” Segura declined to give the gender or ages of Umaña´s children.
The pardon is the fifth of Arias´ term. Last year, the president pardoned two women in a similar gesture on the holiday.
A man and a woman serving sentences for drug dealing and robbery, respectively, were also released this June. A lawyer with the National Criminology Institute, the body that normally reviews and advises the president and his Cabinet on pardons, said the institute did not recommend any clemency applications be approved. However, the Justice Ministry cited the fact that the woman had a 10-month old baby in need of care in a statement regarding the pardons.
“It is a great desire of mine that the mothers here can hopefully spend Mother´s Day with their most beloved,” Arias said in a statement to the press.
You may be interested
Costa Rica closes embassy in Venezuela as cost-cutting measureAFP - October 1, 2020
Costa Rica on Wednesday announced the closure of the country's embassy and consulate general in Caracas, effective Thursday, as part…
Ports and highways blocked in rejection of Costa Rica’s IMF proposalThe Tico Times - October 1, 2020
Protesters blocked roads and ports in different parts of Costa Rica on Wednesday in a protest against planned negotiations with…
Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Wednesday, September 30Alejandro Zúñiga - September 30, 2020
Costa Rica announced 24 new coronavirus-related deaths over the last day for a total of 904, according to official data…