• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Former Roadway Council director denies responsibility for border road fiasco

August 7, 2012

Carlos Acosta, former director of Costa Rica’s Roadway Council (CONAVI) said Tuesday that “he never witnessed or participated in any wrongdoing or mismanagement of Route 1856,” a 160-kilometer, $44 million road along the Río San Juan, on the border with Nicaragua.

Acosta appeared before the Legislative Assembly’s Public Spending Commission, where he testified in a two-hour hearing with lawmakers.

“I had no relation with the decisions made on the construction of the route, and I had no knowledge of any irregularities or wrongdoing with the work,” he said. “The entire project was designed and ordered by former ministers José María Tijerino [public security] and Francisco Jiménez [public works and transport],” Acosta said.

Acosta also said that Manuel Serrano, another CONAVI official, was responsible for hiring engineering firms to build the road, and that it was physically “impossible” for [Acosta] to control the quality of the works and the amounts that companies were paid.

President Laura Chinchilla ordered Acosta’s dismissal on May 14, the same day investigators from the Prosecutor’s Office and Judicial Investigation Police raided CONAVI and National Emergency Commission offices, searching for evidence of the case.

You may be interested

UN commends Costa Rica for decarbonization efforts
Climate Change
3510 views
Climate Change
3510 views

UN commends Costa Rica for decarbonization efforts

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 25, 2021

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, on Thursday commended Costa Rica for its ongoing decarbonization efforts.  Thursday marked the…

Government updates Costa Rica decarbonization efforts
Environment and Wildlife
10538 views
Environment and Wildlife
10538 views

Government updates Costa Rica decarbonization efforts

The Tico Times - February 24, 2021

The Costa Rican government on Wednesday updated the progress of the country's decarbonization efforts. The Presidency says 90.7% of the…

Reminder: Costa Rica’s entry requirements during the coronavirus pandemic
Costa Rica
3260 views
Costa Rica
3260 views

Reminder: Costa Rica’s entry requirements during the coronavirus pandemic

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 24, 2021

Since November 1, tourists from anywhere in the world can visit Costa Rica. Visitors can arrive to Costa Rica via…