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Costa Rican authorities arrest OIJ chief in Quepos for illegal detention of US expats

Update, 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday:

 

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, authorities provided a little more information regarding today’s arrest of the head of the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) in Quepos, whose last name is Solano. 

According to OIJ Assistant Director Gerald Campos, the alleged victims of Solano’s false arrest are three U.S. citizens – one of them a minor. On May 8, Solano allegedly sent OIJ agents to arrest the three victims unlawfully. They were taken to the OIJ’s local precinct in the central Pacific town of Quepos, where they were interrogated for 2 1/2 hours and released, Campos said. 
A few days later, the OIJ’s administrative offices received a complaint for false arrest by one of the alleged victims, surnamed Frankel. “The OIJ is not allowed to disclose the name of the other man as Frankel was the only one who filed a complaint and the third person is a minor,” the OIJ’s press office told The Tico Times. 

Frankel said the victims were detained following a car pursuit involving two vehicles, and they were held without formal charges.
Following the complaint, the OIJ opened an investigation that led to the arrest of the two suspects. The last name of the second suspect, alias “Bombillo,” is Morales.
“It was an unjustified and unlawful detention,” Campos said. “We ordered Solano’s arrest after we received evidence that there was an unlawful procedure, and we are moving fast [with the investigation] because he will retire in two weeks. For that reason all further details of the investigation must be handled with extreme caution,” Campos said.
Original story continues here:

Costa Rica’s Chief Public Prosecutor Jorge Chavarría has confirmed the arrest on Wednesday of the head of the Judicial Investigation Police, or OIJ, in the central Pacific town of Quepos. The OIJ boss, surnamed Solano, is accused of illegally detaining three North Americans, whose names have not yet been released, in an apparent land dispute with an alleged drug trafficker.

The Tico Times has not yet been able to obtain a statement from Solano.

A second man, alias “Bombillo,” also was arrested. Police have not released his surname, but they said he has been under investigation for alleged drug trafficking.

Authorities suspect “Bombillo” was involved in a land dispute with the North Americans and hired OIJ’s Solano to “scare them” via illegal detention for several hours, citing a non-existent international arrest warrant.

A press conference on the arrests and allegations is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at OIJ headquarters in San José.

This story is developing. If you have information on the case, please contact David Boddiger at dboddiger@ticotimes.net. Follow www.ticotimes.net for updates. 

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Dan Gibson

Quepos seems to be making the news – for all the wrong reasons — first it was the arrest of the Coast Guard person — in charge of all Coast Guard activities in and around the entire area — for ”assisting” the drug runners in their business — now you have the ”head person” with OIJ arrested for ”assisting the drug runners” in their pursuit of illegal gains!!! And this man is due to ”retire” in two weeks??? Rest assured — there will be a shame investigation — he/they — will be allowed to retire — and nothing more will come of this — that is the Costa Rican way — and it is a shame — the Costa Rican citizens deserve far better for a wonderful beautiful country — and its people!!!!!

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acwatson

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Gerry Adams

Show the Comments corupt Tico Times this is not Nazi Germany.

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acwatson

When they finish dismantle this organized corruption, I want to be first in line to spit in the face of everyone of despicable people.

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SDPUS

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SDPUS

What ever happened to investigative journalism? I provided you with the case #, it is all there for you to investigate and see for yourself. The public deserves objective journalism and communities should be made aware of criminal organizations who work within government. It is time to name people who are corrupt public servants, and it is the media who has a duty to properly investigate these acts. At one time in the not too distant past, the Tico Times were renown investigative journalists. The original post should be returned for all to see and know. That is how connections are made to bring down these criminal organizations. Removing it ONLY serves to protect the corrupt.

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Gerry Adams

Over the years i have seen Journalism in Costa Rica become very scared to say anything honest about the coruption in Costa Rica. The Tico Times has become part of this they show that they touch on coruption but never show how really corupt the goverment of Costa Rica is.
Oscar Arias the EX prez of Costa Rica is very corupt and everyone knows it but the Media never pushed the issue. The Tico Times has become gutless on the coruption issue in Costa Rica. Shame on the owner of the Tico Times for not showing your statement. The President of Costa Rica has no guts to fire these corupt people in Goverment and the Media in Costa Rica does not hold them accountable for the corupt acts.

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.

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SDPUS

Jorge Chavarria Guzman and the media should now investigate what is going on with rogue elements that are operating out of Santa Cruz, Guanacaste- where the same type of behavior has been taking place with agents of the OIJ office there, including the OIJ Santa Cruz Jefe, who is the root of this behavior. A case stemming back to April 29, 2011 is currently being investigated by Oficina de Asuntos lnternos: Nº 031-DRG-14

The corrupt officers who are part of this scandal:
1. Victor Chavez Chavarria (OIJ Santa Cruz Boss)
2. Jose Angel Penaranda (Fiscal)
3. Roger Hernandez Vasquez (Investigator)
4. Rodolfo Vasquez Marchena (Investigator)
5. Margarita Baltodano Pazos (Judge)

….Costa Rica can not successfully fight crime by letting rogue government employees operate organized crime syndicates from within. These people should have been suspended immediately, while the investigation takes place. The blatant falsification of documents, irregularities of procedure and manipulation of evidence is quite obvious. The empirical evidence in this case is absolutely profound, not to mention heinous. Justice should be swift, and the integrity of the Oficina de Asuntos lnternos is at stake. Communities deserve honest leadership.

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SDPUS

And if one of your journalists wants to be useful. Ask some questions about the blood of record in the case. Check out the forensic evidence of the case, and see how it was fraudulantly manipulated. See for yourself how 5 hours of SERT video and photo evidence disappeared. Check out how the chain of evidence was handled. See how hours of court testimony was deleted from the preliminary proceedings.

And most importantly question how OIJ Santa Cruz Jefe has his signature all over the falsified evidence. The case file does not lie. And an objective investigative journalist would have a field day with this story. Unless of course, the media is only interested in suppressing this type of corruption.from public view. The media should be leading the charge and questioning all the inconsistencies in the expediente.

None of these people or those in charge of investigating them should be able to slip into retirement. This case would make FIFA corruption look like childs play, and the powers to be know this well. That is why feet are being dragged. This case doesn’t take a rocket scientist to solve. Although I can assure all, Franklin Chang would be disgusted. And even he can attest from his works with Recope, the mafia in government is alive and well. And thanks to the corporate media, it is well protected from exposure. That is truly shameful. And like FIFA, the corrupt will eventually fall like a ton of bricks. And that time is now near. As the outgoing OIJ Jefe has said, “corruption is a sport in Costa Rica”. It is very deep seated, an in effect it has been institutionalized in this society.

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Gerry Adams

Shame on the Nazi Tico Times show people comments even when they disagree with them. Where is open and free speech Tico Times. This is not Nazi Germany it´s Costa Rica with no Army.

To The Tico Times you have to have Guts to cover Coruption cases.

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acwatson

I cant uncheck your comment and totally agree with your statement, the media is being taken over by the same corruption this article is trying to expose.

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