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Consul in Nicaragua Steps Down Under Fire

The Costa Rican consul in Nicaragua will step down March 15 as a government ethics panel investigates charges that he smuggled foreigners into Costa Rica, Presidency Minister Rodrigo Arias said Wednesday.

The consul, Víctor Láscarez, is suspected of escorting a Jordanian and a Lebanese man through the northern border in a diplomatic car in September, according to reports in the daily La Nación.

The Foreign Ministry recently finished an investigation into Láscarez’s behavior and will present a report to the three-member ethics panel.

“That is the best way to give him a chance, as he wants, to explain his behavior and give his defense,” said Arias, who met with Láscarez Wednesday in Costa Rica.


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