A Historic Scandal Tests Costa Rica’s Anti-Corruption Mettle

Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado, March 2, 2021 (GDA photo via AP Images).
Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado, March 2, 2021 (GDA photo via AP Images).
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On June 14, the Costa Rican authorities conducted dozens of raids on private residences and public agencies as part of a sweeping anti-corruption investigation. The operation, whose targets included the office of the president’s main adviser, was a coordinated sting on a scale never seen before in a corruption case in Costa Rica. It was the culmination of more than a year’s worth of efforts by the Judicial Investigative Police and the Attorney General’s Office, which had been tapping phones and gathering evidence against a massive bribery ring involving government officials and public infrastructure contractors.  It is no exaggeration to […]

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