Ex-President Calderón Set For Corruption Trial
Costa Rica is set to watch another former president face the judges.
A high court said the trial will start Nov. 3 for the CCSS-Fischel case, in which top figures such as former president Rafael Calderón Jr., who during his 1990-1994 term allegedly accepted payment for helping a Finnish medical equipment firm sell goods worth $39.5 million to the national public health care system.
Calderón has already acknowledged receiving $520,000 from Walter Reich, then president of the pharmacy Fischel.
But Calderón, a lawyer who is likely to run again for president with the Social Christian Unity Party, said the money was legitimate payment for legal services rendered.
The announcement follows the start Monday of preliminary hearings for ex-President Miguel Angel Rodríguez, suspected of involvement during his term from 1998 to 2002 in an alleged payoff between French cell phone company Alcatel and the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, the country’s telecom monopoly.
–EFE and Tico Times reports
You may be interested
Costa Rica coronavirus data for July 9, 2020Alejandro Zúñiga - July 9, 2020
Costa Rica confirmed 649 new cases of the coronavirus over the past day, totaling 6,485 cumulative known cases, the Health…
Costa Rica previews new tower at Calderón Guardia HospitalAlejandro Zúñiga - July 9, 2020
Costa Rican authorities on Thursday previewed a new tower at Calderón Guardia Hospital in San José, which could be used…
News briefs: Costa Rica will handle land borders differently than airportsAlejandro Zúñiga - July 9, 2020
The coronavirus crisis has transformed life in Costa Rica, which has enacted measures to protect the capacity of its health…