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Costa Rican lawmakers call on former Culture Vice Minister Karina Bolaños to testify in corruption probe

Patricia Pérez, president of a Legislative Assembly commission investigating alleged corruption in the construction of a border road along the San Juan River, ordered ousted Culture and Youth Vice Minister Karina Bolaños to “submit [to the commission] valid evidence to support her statements that Adrián Chinchilla, President Laura Chinchilla’s brother, has personal interests in the [border road] project.”

The action by lawmakers responds to a recent cover story in the Spanish magazine Interviú that including photos of a semi-nude Bolaños, who claimed that the Costa Rican president “violated her privacy to cover her own corruption, and judged [Bolaõs’] private life instead of the alleged crime [Chinchilla] committed.”

Pérez, a lawmaker with the Libertarian Movement Party, said she sent Bolaños an email Tuesday and is still waiting for a response.

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