• Costa Rica Real Estate

Costa Rica approves law against child abuse prepared by alleged victims of priest

April 24, 2019

Costa Rica’s congress approved on Tuesday a bill that extends the statute of limitations for the crime of sexual abuse of minors.

The initiative, known as Derecho al Tiempo (“Right to Time”), increases the statute of limitations for sexual offenses against minors from the current 10 years to 25, starting from when the victim reaches adulthood (at 18).

“It is a time that will allow for the doors of justice to be open when those victims are prepared, overcome the traumas, reconstruct the facts, and touch the door of justice,” said deputy government official Enrique Sanchez, project promoter.

The legislator supported the initiative prepared by Michael Rodriguez and Anthony Venegas, who denounced a Catholic priest for allegedly having sexually abused them when they were teenagers. However, both accusations were filed after the expiration of the 10-year statute of limitations.

The initiative was approved in only two months, a very short time for the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica.

According to Sanchez, that suggests that many of the deputies believe the victims.

“That we are on their side and that we are doing what is necessary to guarantee them effective access to justice,” he said.

Rodríguez and Venegas denounced for alleged sexual abuse the priest Mauricio Víquez, who was recently disbarred by the Vatican after accumulating at least nine accusations against him.

The priest left Costa Rica in January and is currently facing an international arrest warrant from Interpol.

Víquez left Costa Rica after a complaint for which the statute of limitations has not expired, since the alleged victim has not turned 28 years of age and therefore was still within 10 years to appear before the courts.

You may be interested

French chef stabbed to death on Costa Rican beach
Costa Rica
265 views
Costa Rica
265 views

French chef stabbed to death on Costa Rican beach

AFP and The Tico Times - January 23, 2020

A French chef who was vacationing on a beach in northwestern Costa Rica was stabbed to death in an apparent…

Why Costa Rica?
Sponsored content
12 views
Sponsored content
12 views

Why Costa Rica?

Carol Marujo - January 23, 2020

I retired early and in good health. Finally, I could follow my dream of living in a warm country where…

Four people taken to hospital after Avianca flight makes rapid descent during Costa Rica-Colombia route
News
134 views
News
134 views

Four people taken to hospital after Avianca flight makes rapid descent during Costa Rica-Colombia route

Alejandro Zúñiga - January 23, 2020

Three crew members and one passenger were taken to the hospital for further testing Thursday after Avianca 693 made a…

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