• Costa Rica Real Estate Auction
  • Costa Rica Real Estate

Costa Rican immigration officials detained, released by Nicaragua

November 21, 2018

A potentially tense international situation was resolved amicably Monday evening after two Costa Rican Immigration Administration officials were apparently detained by the Nicaraguan army.

According to Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Security (MSP), the officials had been carrying out work in a government vehicle Monday afternoon when they were stopped near the Upala canton, which borders Nicaragua. Following diplomatic communications, the pair were returned safely to Costa Rica that night.

“After positive coordination [between Nicaragua and the Ministry of Public Security], at 8 p.m. exactly, they were liberated and returned to our territory,” said Michael Soto, the Minister of Public Security. “They are in perfect health and had no other inconveniences.

“It was an assertive and positive communication with Nicaraguan authorities to prevent the incident from escalating.”

Per the MSP, the Costa Rican Immigration Administration officials had turned away a Nicaraguan citizen near the border prior to their detainment. They had been “proper in their actions,” according to a press release.

However, the officials may have entered Nicaraguan territory, though the MSP says that is “still being investigated.”

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, at least 20,000 Nicaraguans have sought asylum in Costa Rica since April as citizens of that country flee political tensions and human-rights violations.

For more, read “Fleeing Nicaragua,” The Tico Times’ three-part series on Nicaraguan refugees:


Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years.

Support the Tico Times

You may be interested

Remembering the Jesuits: Seeking justice in El Salvador
Archive
41 views
Archive
41 views

Remembering the Jesuits: Seeking justice in El Salvador

Norman Stockwell - November 16, 2019

Thirty years ago today, Salvadoran Army soldiers killed six Jesuits and two others in San Salvador. In memory of that…

Guatemalan indigenous people march in support of Evo Morales
Bolivia
50 views
Bolivia
50 views

Guatemalan indigenous people march in support of Evo Morales

AFP - November 15, 2019

Hundreds of indigenous people marched through the Guatemalan capital on Thursday in support of Bolivia's ex-president Evo Morales, who was…

Costa Rican authorities find body of missing U.S. citizen
Costa Rica
1725 views
Costa Rica
1725 views

Costa Rican authorities find body of missing U.S. citizen

The Tico Times - November 15, 2019

Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) confirmed to The Tico Times that they have located and positively identified the body of Charlie…

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