Costa Rica Frees Accused Panamanian Military Officer

September 1, 2006

A Costa Rican judge last week freed Evidelio Quiel, a Panamanian military officer convicted in Panama of playing a part in the 1989 massacre of nine insurgents, the daily La Nación reported. Costa Rica had originally agreed to Panama’s request for his extradition, but with conditions.

Quiel was tried and convicted in 1996 by a Panamanian court without ever appearing before that court, which would be illegal in Costa Rica. For Costa Rica to comply with the extradition request, Panama was informed it had to try Quiel in his presence in order to comply with Costa Rican law, and was given 60 days to sign an agreement saying it would, the daily reported.

On Aug. 18, the Panamanian Government Attorney’s Office rejected Costa Rica’s request, and last week Quiel walked free after 11 months in prison. His defense lawyer told the daily that Panama can’t request the extradition again, as Panamanian law states there cannot be multiple requests for the same crimes.

In 1989, Panamanian military officer Moisés Giroldi headed an armed movement to overthrow general and dictator Manuel Noriega. An assault on the headquarters of the Panamanian Guard did not go as planned, and the insurgents gave themselves up. Loyal officers to Noriega – allegedly including Quiel – took the insurgents to an airplane hangar where they were tortured and then executed, La Nación reported.

 

You may be interested

Looking back at Hurricane Maria: the initial impact
Weather
578 views
Weather
578 views

Looking back at Hurricane Maria: the initial impact

John McPhaul - December 12, 2017

As Costa Rica joins many other nations in looking back upon the devastating 2017 hurricane season, longtime Tico Times contributor…

Cold front claims fourth victim in Costa Rica
Weather
2706 views
Weather
2706 views

Cold front claims fourth victim in Costa Rica

Katherine Stanley - December 12, 2017

High winds claimed the life of a fourth victim in Costa Rica as the cold front that has been moving…

With Keylor Navas battling injuries, Real Madrid eyes January swoop for Bilbao goalie
Keylor Navas
748 views
Keylor Navas
748 views

With Keylor Navas battling injuries, Real Madrid eyes January swoop for Bilbao goalie

AFP - December 11, 2017

Real Madrid's first foray into the January transfer market will be to snap up Athletic Bilbao's promising goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga,…