A Maternal Refuge
Three U.S. mothers were arrested on international kidnapping charges this year, provoking varying responses to the U.S. Embassy’s requests to extradite them, that set a precarious legal precedent.
The Public Security Ministry raised eyebrows in July after turning down the U.S. Embassy’s request to extradite Chere Lyn Tomayko, who had fled here from Texas with her daughter in 1997 to escape an allegedly abusive relationship. She eventually married a Tico and had two more children with him, but in 2007, she was arrested on international kidnapping charges and held for 10 months in prison until del Vecchio granted her asylum on grounds of domestic violence.
A Texas state judge openly questioned that decision, saying del Vecchio did not have enough evidence to make such a determination.
The Puntarenas Criminal Court turned down a U.S. extradition request for Nicole Kater, of Humboldt, California, in September, a decision the U.S. Embassy successfully appealed.
A third U.S. mother was arrested in November, and her toddler son was turned over to the boy’s Italian father. Mary Anginette McBeth has applied for refugee status under domestic violence claims as well, and the Sala IV has granted her habeas corpus appeal, citing improper detention.
You may be interested
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…
Costa Rica extends tourist visas until November 18Alejandro Zúñiga - July 8, 2020
Costa Rica's Immigration Administration is offering foreigners extra flexibility as countries continue to restrict travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.…