Costa Rican prosecutors raid Emergency Commission office

December 22, 2017

The Costa Rican Prosecutor’s Office conducted a raid on Thursday of the offices of the National Emergency Commission (CNE) as part of the investigation of traffic of influences linked to the import of Chinese cement.

Chief Prosecutor Emilia Navas explained that the goal of the operation, which was supported by the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ), was to search for evidence that two legislators pressured the CNE to grant three contracts to the companies of businessman Juan Carlos Bolaños during the administration of President Laura Chinchilla (2010–2014).

Bolaños is at the center of a scandal that has shaken the Costa Rican political world. He allegedly exerted pressure and granted favors in exchange for the authorization to import Chinese cement with multi-million dollar loans from public banks that were not subject to the usual regulations.

Police also raided the houses of the former legislators in question, Víctor Hugo Víquez of the National Liberation Party (PLN) and Walter Céspedes of the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC).

The Chief Prosecutor said that the two men may have used their position as legislators to help Bolaños’s obtain three public contracts from the CNE.

Bolaños is being held in preventive prison along with six senior bank officials from the Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) as part of the investigation.

 

Read more about the #Cementazo:

You may be interested

Unaccompanied Costa Rican child ‘doing well’ after being found in Arizona desert
Immigration
108 views
Immigration
108 views

Unaccompanied Costa Rican child ‘doing well’ after being found in Arizona desert

Alexander Villegas - June 21, 2018

United States Border Patrol agents found an unaccompanied 6-year-old Costa Rican boy in the Arizona desert Tuesday evening. The child said his…

Two Costa Rican students will study at NASA with Franklin Chang
Education
107 views
Education
107 views

Two Costa Rican students will study at NASA with Franklin Chang

Elizabeth Lang - June 21, 2018

Each year the XXI Century Strategy Association gives scholarships to students to train with astronauts and other professionals from NASA's…

Benefit concerts for Guatemala to take place in Costa Rica, Mexico
Changemakers
105 views
Changemakers
105 views

Benefit concerts for Guatemala to take place in Costa Rica, Mexico

Elizabeth Lang - June 21, 2018

On Sunday, Costa Rica and Mexico will host simultaneous concerts to benefit the victims of the Fuego Volcano eruption in…