• Costa Rica Real Estate

Former environment minister faces corruption allegations over controversial gold mine concession

January 20, 2016

Former Environment Minister Roberto Dobles (2006-2010), right, and his lawyer, Laureano Castro, appeared in a Goicoechea court on Monday, Oct. 27, along with six other defendants to stand trial for an alleged conflict of interest in granting Infinito Gold an open-pit gold mining concession in Las Crucitas, in northern Costa Rica. The concession allowed the British Columbia-based mining company to extract 1 million grams of gold, estimated at the time to be worth some $2 billion. An appeals court ruled the concession invalid in November 2010. The Prosecutor’s Office alleged that Dobles and his co-defendants knowingly violated Costa Rican environmental laws when they approved the project in 2008. Dobles took the stand Tuesday, declaring that all the documents he signed were above board and that the allegations were absurd. The trial is expected to last through Dec. 19.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Space Ticos: Astronaut Franklin Chang with Barack Obama in 2015
Newsletter
2993 views
Newsletter
2993 views

Space Ticos: Astronaut Franklin Chang with Barack Obama in 2015

The Tico Times - July 20, 2019

Saturday, July 20 marks 50 years since the Apollo 11 crew made their historic landing on the moon. To commemorate…

Update: Health Ministry suspects 19 deaths due to adulterated alcohol
Costa Rica
4340 views
Costa Rica
4340 views

Update: Health Ministry suspects 19 deaths due to adulterated alcohol

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 19, 2019

Costa Rica's Health Ministry last week issued a sanitary alert over liquor that has been sold to the public containing…

Costa Rica to renovate Limón cruise terminal
Costa Rica
670 views
Costa Rica
670 views

Costa Rica to renovate Limón cruise terminal

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 19, 2019

The 193,000 cruise passengers who arrive annually to Costa Rica’s Caribbean will soon enjoy renovated facilities. The Costa Rican government…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!