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My innocence was determined by the facts

August 13, 2013

In the August 9th edition, The Tico Times reports on the unsupported accusation by the Prosecutor’s Office against me, and makes grave mistakes in its reporting.

My innocence in the Alcatel-ICE case was declared by the Tribunal de Apelación de Sentencia Penal based on the substance of the facts and not by the statue of limitations or “by errors in the handling of evidence during the investigation.” The Tribunal specifically and with great detail declared that in no way the facts charged against me determined a criminal conduct on my part.

Should you want to delve into those details the Tribunal’s decision is on the public record, and it is also available on its entirety at: www.juiciojusto.com/jml/images/stories/deslices/Sentencia2012-2550-TribApelacSentenciaPenal.pdf The charges presented by the Prosecutors Office on July 30th in no way refer to the “alleged payments” that your news mentioned in the August 9th edition. Moreover, the accusation in no way claims that I have had “contacts with the insurance company.”

These statements in your publication are incorrect.

Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Echeverría
Ex-President of Costa Rica 

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