Jairo Mora murder case: Costa Rica prosecutor seeks new trial

June 2, 2015

A prosecutor requested a new trial in the 2013 killing of Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora on Tuesday morning at an appeals court in Cartago, east of the capital, local media reported.

The prosecutor, Julián Martinez, called for a new trial with new judges after the seven accused killers of Mora were found not guilty, the daily La Nación reported.

Three of the suspects were acquitted of all charges on Jan. 26. The remaining four defendants were found guilty of raping and robbing a Costa Rican couple and their young nephews nearly two weeks before Mora’s murder.

Mora was killed on May 31, 2013 while patrolling Moín Beach north of the Caribbean city of Limón to protect nesting turtles from poachers.

The prosecutor argued that the trial in Limón illegally excluded important evidence, including telephone recordings that were ruled inadmissible. Rodrigo Araya, a lawyer for Mora’s family, told the news site CRHoy.com that the family requested the appeal in February, citing missing evidence and constant delays in the proceedings, among other technical errors in the trial.

Araya was not alone in critiquing the state’s case. The criminal investigation and trial were so badly bungled by the state that the judges presiding over the case slammed the government for its poor showing, saying that they had no choice but to acquit the seven defendants for the murder charge.

You may be interested

Free press accuses Daniel Ortega’s dictatorship of wanting to impose a reign of silence
La Prensa
666 views
La Prensa
666 views

Free press accuses Daniel Ortega’s dictatorship of wanting to impose a reign of silence

La Prensa / Leonor Álvarez - September 17, 2018

On Saturday, Sept. 8, while reporters around the world were celebrating the International Day of Solidarity of Journalists, reporters, and…

This week in the Peace Corps: Teaching about language, leadership and life
Changemakers
702 views
Changemakers
702 views

This week in the Peace Corps: Teaching about language, leadership and life

The Tico Times - September 17, 2018

Many Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) here in Costa Rica spend a large chunk of their time in schools. PCVs lead…

General strike enters second week; Legislative Assembly starts discussing tax-reform
Costa Rica
2895 views
Costa Rica
2895 views

General strike enters second week; Legislative Assembly starts discussing tax-reform

The Tico Times and AFP - September 17, 2018

Today marks one week since unions around Costa Rica called for an indefinite strike to protest a proposed tax-reform bill.…