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Court acquits ex-minister Roberto Dobles of graft
Crime
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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…

Perceived corruption actually corrupts, says development bank survey
Corruption
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Corruption
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Perceived corruption actually corrupts, says development bank survey

Zach Dyer - April 3, 2015

The perception of corruption leads to actual corruption, according to a Costa Rica-based survey from the Inter-American Development Bank. The survey found a “statistically significant” increase in…

Supreme Court re-elects Jorge Chavarría as Costa Rica’s chief prosecutor despite protests
Crime
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Crime
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Supreme Court re-elects Jorge Chavarría as Costa Rica’s chief prosecutor despite protests

L. Arias - October 6, 2014

With 16 votes in favor and six against, Supreme Court justices on Monday afternoon re-elected Jorge Chavarría Guzmán as Costa Rica's chief public prosecutor for another four-year term.…

No clear path forward, opposition lawmakers lament after Solís’ 100-day report
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Business
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No clear path forward, opposition lawmakers lament after Solís’ 100-day report

Zach Dyer - September 2, 2014

Opposition lawmakers expressed a mix of outrage and approval Monday afternoon at the 100-day report presented by President Luis Guillermo Solís last week. Many lawmakers who opined about the president’s report…

Costa Rica’s Solís claims $112 million in losses from corruption in speech highlighting first 100 days of his administration
Business
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Business
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Costa Rica’s Solís claims $112 million in losses from corruption in speech highlighting first 100 days of his administration

Zach Dyer - August 28, 2014

President Luis Guillermo Solís claimed that the Costa Rican government had lost ₡60.1 billion – $112 million – to corruption in the past 15 years, and he…

Authorities arrest lawyer with ties to ruling Citizen Action Party on fraud suspicion
Crime
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Crime
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Authorities arrest lawyer with ties to ruling Citizen Action Party on fraud suspicion

L. Arias - August 12, 2014

At 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) agents raided the home of Jorge Sibaja Rodríguez, a lawyer and member of the ruling Citizen Action Party (PAC). Police…

Limón judge accused of conspiring with drug traffickers back behind bars
Crime
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Crime
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Limón judge accused of conspiring with drug traffickers back behind bars

Zach Dyer - June 4, 2014

Judge Rosa Elena Gamboa is back in jail. Arrested on May 16 for allegedly aiding drug traffickers by issuing favorable rulings and pressuring other judges to be…

Disinfecting government: The light of a new day dawning provides needed transparency for Costa Rica
Newsletter
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Newsletter
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Disinfecting government: The light of a new day dawning provides needed transparency for Costa Rica

Gary L. Lehring - May 31, 2014

One of the campaign promises of President Luis Guillermo Solís that reverberated most with voters was the pledge of transparency in government. Following years of backroom politicking…

Solís visits scandal-plagued border road, vows to clean up predecessor’s mess
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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Solís visits scandal-plagued border road, vows to clean up predecessor’s mess

L. Arias - May 26, 2014

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís on Friday visited the isolated and impoverished border area in northern Costa Rica, the site of a troubled road project plagued…

Costa Rica’s top prosecutor: Judicial branch must get better at policing drug cartel influence
Crime
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Crime
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Costa Rica’s top prosecutor: Judicial branch must get better at policing drug cartel influence

David Boddiger - May 16, 2014

Mexican and Colombian drug cartels have infiltrated Costa Rica's judicial system, bribing and possibly threatening judges, the country's top prosecutor said Friday, following the arrest of a…

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