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Costa Rican Prosecutor’s Office Issues Warrant for Edén Pastora

The Prosecutor’s Office of Pococí issued a warrant for the arrest of Edén Pastora, the former Nicaraguan guerrilla leader in charge of the dredging of the Río San Juan. According to the Prosecutor’s Office, the warrant was issued in response to Pastora’s alleged acts of environmental damage that violate Costa Rican Forestry Law.

In recent weeks, the Security Ministry has produced several photos and videos of environmental damage near the mouth of the Río San Juan and the Laguna Portilla, located in Costa Rican territory. The alleged environmental damage includes cutting down of trees, disruption of area wetlands and distribution of river sediment into Costa Rican territory.

On Tuesday, Allan Astorga, a University of Costa Rica geologist, called the potential damage “irreversible.”

The Prosecutor’s Office has not yet announced how it will pursue the arrest of Pastora.

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