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OIJ Suspects Arson in Ostional Home Fire
By Oliver Pérez
  On January 26th 2010 the Agency of Judicial Investigation (OIJ) in Santa Cruz detained three men of surnames Ruiz, Zúñiga and Gómez for being suspected of having burnt two cars and the house of the former Ostional Association of Development president, Gilbert Rojas, in the beginning of December 2009.

Hours later, the three detainees were set free, but with preventive measures such as not leaving the town and signing in at the Santa Cruz Court every 15 days while the investigation is concluded.

The affected former leader, Gilbert Rojas, said on January 26th that he does not understand how the country’s justice authorities let suspects go free. Rojas’ house was set on fire on December 6th, while he and four other people were inside the building.

“I know that the laws in this country are benevolent but I did not think that they were so ineffective, I ask myself if this house belonged to a judge or a public prosecutor, I am sure that those responsible would be sent to jail”, he denounced.

According to Rojas, there is proof that links the arrested persons with the aggressions he suffered, and he adds that there are other people involved that face those same threats as well.

“It is unbelievable that the authorities made me leave Ostional so that they could investigate and when they arrest them they simply let them walk free. This is worrisome for me, they are willing to kill me and I am not going to continue hiding myself like a delinquent,” he added.

Rojas says that he has lost his sense of peace since the suspects who threatened him were freed.


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New Immigration Law Seeks to Legalize Foreigners

The new Immigration and Foreign Services Law (Migración y Extranjería), number 8764, will come into effect on March 1st., and with it a series of changes that the foreign community residing in Costa Rica must comply with.

This law was passed as a result of the Government’s need to control migration flow in a more efficient way. It clarifies different issues such as residence requirements and how to integrate the foreign community into the country in the best possible way, as long as they observe the new regulations. More >

Ostional Now Has New ADIO Leaders

“Regain trust and reunite the town”; this is the main objective of Ostional’s Association of Integral Development (ADIO), as expressed by newly appointed President Magdalena Lara Vega. More >

Elections 2010 Guanacaste Results – Two of the elected legislators are being questioned

During the past elections, the Guanacastecos elected four legislators who will work for Guanacaste’s development. The Liberacion Nacional party obtained three of the four seats for Congress, with the Nicoya-born physician, Luis Antonio Aiza, a businesswoman from Liberia, Maria Ocampo, and Luis Fernando Mendoza, an expert in political sciences from the town of Cañas. The other seat belongs to the Movimiento Libertario party, which elected Ernesto Chavarría, a stockbreeder from Nicoya. More >

Elections 2010 – The Community Opinion

What do you expect from the next Government?
That they stop benefiting large corporations, giving them all types of subsidies. They make duty-free zones and the businesses pay nothing. What they do is come here and give mediocre jobs to Costa Ricans and the government celebrates as if what they are doing is a great aid. The reality is that little by little we are losing our natural resources and autonomy. More >

Airport Crime – Nosara Businessman Sentenced
to 18 Years for Homicide

On February 25th The Judicial Court of Nicoya sentenced 54-year-old Nosara businessman Jorge Arturo Sirias Sequeira to 18 years in jail for the homicide of 22-year-old Maikol Rojas Murillo.

The events occurred the night of April 19th, 2009 in a street adjoining the Nosara landing strip.
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Water Board Election Postponed Due to Legal Technicality

The election of officers to the Water Board (ASADA) of the American Project, planned for Feb. 11, was postponed after lawyers discovered legal errors in the constitutional documents that established the ASADA in 2004.

The error can be corrected and the documents for that period can be rerecorded, but until that is done only the memberships of the 12 founding board members from 2004 are currently valid, according to the attorney for the ASADA, Andres Gonzales Anglada. Therefore, all those holding water meters will have to reregister with the ASADA in order to vote, he said, because their current registrations are invalid. More >

 

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