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US woman found dead in eastern San José hotel
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US woman found dead in eastern San José hotel

The Tico Times - December 10, 2015

[caption id="attachment_83225" align="alignright" width="300"] (Facebook)[/caption] The body of Sondra Lynn Elizondo, a 45-year-old U.S. woman who coordinated volunteer medical missions in Central America, was found at a…

Costa Rica’s justice minister: ‘We are not releasing inmates’
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Crime
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Costa Rica’s justice minister: ‘We are not releasing inmates’

L. Arias - December 2, 2015

Costa Rica’s Justice Minister Cecilia Sánchez Romero appeared earlier this week before the Legislative Assembly to explain why her office reduced prison sentences for hundreds of inmates in a decision…

Esterillos Oeste: Squatter invasion, sex assaults and robbery on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast
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Crime
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Esterillos Oeste: Squatter invasion, sex assaults and robbery on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast

The Tico Times - November 20, 2015

ESTERILLOS OESTE, Puntarenas — An invasion of squatters, some with a criminal agenda, has traumatized this small surfing town, where many foreigners live in a gated community…

Court acquits ex-minister Roberto Dobles of graft
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Crime
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Court acquits ex-minister Roberto Dobles of graft

L. Arias - November 17, 2015

A San José court on Monday acquitted former Environment and Energy Minister Roberto Dobles Mora of all charges that he illegally granted a contract to a private mining company…

Costa Rica cops take down organized fraud ring that stole $1 million
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Crime
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Costa Rica cops take down organized fraud ring that stole $1 million

Alvaro Sánchez - November 11, 2015

SAN SEBASTIÁN, San José – Special agents and prosecutors in San José attacked a large organized crime network dedicated to credit card and check fraud, among other…

After brutal killing of 86-year-old expat in Costa Rica, squatters invade his property
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Crime
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After brutal killing of 86-year-old expat in Costa Rica, squatters invade his property

The Tico Times - October 6, 2015

The family of an 86-year-old Cuban-American killed and stuffed into a barrel on his ranch in southern Costa Rica last month now faces a new source of…

Costa Rica police chief accused of illegally detaining US expats subject to court-ordered restrictions
Corruption
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Corruption
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Costa Rica police chief accused of illegally detaining US expats subject to court-ordered restrictions

The Tico Times - July 6, 2015

A Costa Rican court placed new restrictions on a recently retired Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) chief accused of illegally detaining U.S. expats in the central Pacific town…

Thousands attend anti-corruption march against Honduras president
Corruption
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Corruption
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Thousands attend anti-corruption march against Honduras president

María Isabel Sánchez and Noe Leiva / AFP - June 28, 2015

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Tens of thousands of Hondurans marched Friday in Tegucigalpa, many with torches in hand, as they demanded the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernández…

Guatemala’s Pérez Molina could face impeachment
Corruption
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Corruption
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Guatemala’s Pérez Molina could face impeachment

Louisa Reynolds - June 14, 2015

Recommended: In Guatemala, anti-establishment presidential candidate benefits from corruption scandals President Otto Pérez Molina’s future is in the hands of five congressmen after the Supreme Court gave…

Latin America sees the economic toll of corruption
Corruption
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Corruption
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Latin America sees the economic toll of corruption

Mac Margolis | Bloomberg - May 25, 2015

Guatemalans are steaming. Crowds of them have poured into the streets this month — some 60,000 on May 16 alone — to protest corruption and demand the…