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Parents of  US citizen who disappeared,
return to Costa Rica

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Luda and Roma Gimelfarb are the parents of David Gimelfarb, the U.S. citizen who disappeared nine years ago in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park and whose whereabouts are still unknown.

They are in the country to look for new clues to help them find their son.

The couple will remain in Costa Rica all week and intend to meet with authorities and people who might be able to help them clarify what happened with their son.

"We firmly believe that David is alive, he needs help, and that is why we need to find him. For this, we need the attention of the Costa Ricans and their authorities, so that we can find him," said Roma Gimelfarb, the father of David.

He added: "We think he is alive because five years ago, we received a picture of my son, which was investigated. And although we were extorted, we believe that the photo belongs to David and that he needs help because he looked damaged."

The father said that the Judicial Investigating Organization checked the calls they received, which were finally found to have been made from the penitentiary La Reforma.

"That's the reason why every year we come to Costa Rica and go to the local media. The idea is to keep the case fresh, since we feel that the authorities have not given the corresponding follow-up. Our goal is to remind the Ticos that David is somewhere and that we are looking for him," the father said.

On the other hand, Luda Gimelfarb, the mother of David, said that the photography was also investigated in the United States, "where it was proven that this was real."

In this visit to the country, the parents said that they will meet with police authorities of Liberia to take up the case.
"If we see that the investigation has revealed advances, we will stay more days . . .  Although our feeling is that David is still alive, we do not know what they will tell us . . . but we need answers," said Roma Gimelfarb.


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The couple is hoping that the photos of their son
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The woman said that they keep a Facebook page called Help find David Gimelfarb, which seeks to remind people of what happened and, at the same time, find some clue of his son.

He also took the opportunity to give the following message: "We ask the Ticos to help us find our son. Any information that they have make it arrive at the page we created and where our contacts are.

The reward of $100,000 is still valid for the person who gives us information that can help us find the whereabouts of David," she said

David Gimelfarb was born Dec. 2, 1980 and at the end of this year, he would turn 38 years old.

The man vanished Aug. 11, 2009. He left a passport, cell phone, a total of $600 and other belongings in the hotel where he was staying.

In addition, the rental car he was driving was found in the park's parking lot. From that moment to date, his parents have made a tireless search to try to find him.



Gang charged with 30 criminal counts

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

According to the last report of the prosecution, there will be more than 30 charges filed against a gang of men suspected of a triple homicide, robbery, threats and rape.

The murder victims were Dutch citizens Hans Snelders and his wife Sita Dhawtal and their farm manager, a man of Nicaraguan nationality,  Richard Abenor Montalbán.

The triple murder was in December 2015 but the bodies were not found until January 2016.

According to the accusation, the main suspects are men with surnames Zúñiga, Angulo and Calderón.

There are six additional men being charged. They are accused of being part of the same gang and are facing allegations of theft and rape.

The majority of the attacks were in Puntarenas.

The prosecution will try to demonstrate to the judges that, it is an organized group formed to commit robberies without giving any thought to consequences and even willing to take lives as these men were prepared even for such crimes, said the report of the Public Ministry.

The main accusations against the nine men are: crimes of aggravated robbery, homicide-qualified as tentative-deprivation of liberty, qualified violation, sexual abuse, qualified aggression, serious injuries, carrying illicit weapons and attempted robbery.

The line of investigation on the part of the Office of the Prosecutor was not easy because, in the case of the triple homicide, there were no witnesses except the dead and the people who were accused after the investigation began.

When the agents of the Judicial Investigating Organization arrived, they found a macabre scene. The bodies of the couple which were found inside the house presented knife and gunshot wounds.

On one of the walls of the room there was a message written in paint, which was allusive to what happened inside the house. It said "Everyone dies 666 MAX MAX 306"

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The article was published on the Irish Times

Evidently the intruders were in search of easy money and killed the victims so that they could take what they wanted and not be identified.

The body of the Nicaraguan was located outside the main house. He had been slashed with a machete and had a deep and long wound. He may have tried to defend himself before he was killed, investigators said.

The woman was in one of the rooms, had two wounds in her ankle caused by a dagger and had several bullet wounds in different parts of her body.

The older male was at the entrance of the house, tied hand and foot, and had been shot in the head and chest.

The prosecution has estimated that the trial could end on Oct. 11.

There are 23 scheduled hearings.

The trial court is formed by President Eduardo Rojas Sáenz and Judges Yadira Fonseca and Kathia Carballo.



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Former bank president investigated

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


The attorney general has confirmed that Paola Mora, former president of Banco de Costa Rica, is being investigated in three cases.

Emilia Navas, the general attorney, confirmed that Mora is now being investigated in the well-known case of Cementazo, a second case related to a possible sponsorship of a soccer team of the University of Costa Rica and a third case regarding the possible purchase of a private school.

"Mrs. Mora is investigated for three cases, the first was known as Cementazo and two others, because in the investigation that we have been doing it was determined possible trafficking influences on other entities" said the attorney general.

Mora was arrested last week by agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization. She was in the cells of the prosecution until Saturday when she was released under the obligation to comply with precautionary measures, which are not to leave the country, present herself at the prosecution office to sign every 15 days and not to communicate with other people involved in the investigations.

According to prosecutors' statements, a guarantee bond of 10 million colones was requested for Mora, but the judge rejected that request.

In all three cases, the former bank manager is being investigated for possible influence peddling during the time she was manager of the Bank of Costa Rica.

According to the information of the prosecutor, the case of the purchase of a school is particularly important because apparently the purchase of this school was made through the Investment Fund Management Co. of the Bank of Costa Rica, known as SAFI.

"There is suspicion of traffic of influence, because credits were given with facilities and privileges in favor of people involved in those businesses," added Navas.


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In all three cases, the former bank manager is being investigated for possible influence peddling during
the time she was manager of the Bank of Costa Rica.



The attorney general said that investigators are certain that the evidence collected is sufficient to prove the facts, so the Public Ministry is no longer concerned about not having enough evidence.

Prosecutor Navas added that the evidence in the case of the cement scandal is fully established and has been discussed with the defense and the court.

In July of 2017, Mora resigned her position at the bank. Currently she works at her law firm.




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Cruise season begins with arrivals to Limón
 

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


The Costa Rican Institute of Tourism launched a pilot program called Integral Management of Tourist Destinations in partnership with the private tourism sector, local governments and civil society.

The objective is to generate the necessary conditions to promote employment in each of the 32 development centers in which the country's tourist destinations are distributed as a visible part pf the National Tourism Development Plan of Costa Rica from 2017 to 2021.

“ICT assumes the role of facilitator and, together with other key actors in the area, identifies the obstacles to tourism development and the most appropriate solutions for each region, with the firm conviction that success is achieved with a true public-private alliance," said the minister of Tourism, María Amalia Revelo, using the Spanish acronym for her agency.

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Published Wednesday, August 22, 2018 -  Fourth news page

Government finalizes plan for migration
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Vice-president Epsy Campbell has presented a protocol for the management the migratory flows which includes national institutions and international organizations.

The institutions which are part of the plan are: the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Public Security, Health, Foreign Trade and Labor, the General Directorate of  Migration and Foreigners, the Directorate of Intelligence and National Security, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, the National Emergency Commission, the Border Police and the Costa Rican Red Cross.

"Even though in Costa Rica we have precedents in the management of extraordinary migratory flows, there was no comprehensive plan for institutions to respond systemically to extraordinary situations that arise in our borders," Campbell told legislators.

She said that the authorities directly involved in the issue will move to different parts of the country to attend the situation first-hand.

For this, she said, coordination with international groups, particularly with United Nations agencies, such as the International Organization for Migration and the High Commissioner for Refugees, has been intensified in the past months.

"Costa Rica is concerned about the humanitarian crisis faced by the Nicaraguan people and work to minimize the impacts on the Costa Rican territory, as well as to guarantee the labor, health, education and social security of the country," she said.

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The authorities directly involved in the issue will move to different parts of the country to attend the situation first-hand.


Campbell drew attention to the strengthening of the immigration police. She recalled that the General Directorate of Immigration announced Monday that there are a total of 98 new migration police officers who will strengthen the immigration police, particularly in the border area, in the coming months.

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Published Wednesday, August 22, 2018 -  Fifth news page

Seven ex-presidents against xenophobia

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Seven former presidents of Costa Rica censured the xenophobic acts against Nicaraguans that occurred Saturday at La Merced Park in San José, stating that perverse interests may be motivating hatred.

Police had to intervene during a protest against the high flow of Nicaraguan migrants into Costa Rica. During the protest, the police arrested 44 people and confiscated eight Molotov cocktails, a type of homemade bomb, four daggers, a baseball bat and blades.

The government and the United Nations have condemned what happened.

Tuesday, the ex-presidents Óscar Arias, Rafael Ángel Calderón, José María Figueres, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, Abel Pacheco, Laura Chinchilla and Luis Guillermo Solís joined to publish a statement against the protesters.

The letter is addressed to Costa Ricans and was published by the presidents Tuesday morning on their social networks.

The presidents wrote a letter in which, although they express their agreement to avoid the entry into the country of undesirable persons, they strengthen their opposition to any violent or discriminatory act.

"Perverse interests may be trying to destroy our harmony and to incite hatred and xenophobia. Let's not allow ourselves to fall into temptation," reads the letter written by the ex-presidents.

In their pronouncement, the former presidents recalled that Costa Ricans are a people born of immigration and, although the nation is called to ensure its security, it must do so in a peaceful manner.



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"Let's not allow ourselves to fall into temptation,"
reads the letter written by the ex-presidents

"Certainly, we have the right and the obligation to protect our culture and our identity and to recover citizen security. And as the President has rightly pointed out, we must protect ourselves with all possible immigration controls to prevent the entry of undesirable persons," the letter continues.

"But hate and xenophobia degrade people and have led many nations to war, causing death and destruction . . . To solve our problems we need to live in peace. We do not allow our fraternal life to be put at risk," the letter added.

Nicaragua has had four months of crisis, has registered hundreds of deaths and thousands of wounded, all in the protests against the government of Daniel Ortega.



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Published Wednesday, August 22
, 2018 -  Sixth news page

Priest suspended due to suspicion of sexual abuse

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Archdiocese of San Jose decided to suspend a priest named Víquez Monday after three men filed a formal complaint for alleged sexual abuse that occurred 20 years ago, when they were minors.

Among the sanctions imposed on Víquez, 54, the Metropolitan Curia said that, "he cannot perform acts proper to the priestly ministry," specifically those related to the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.

José Rafael Quirós Quirós, archbishop of San José, ordered the immediate investigation required by ecclesiastical regulations, and the evidence obtained will be sent to Rome to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, responsible for judging these crimes.

According to a press release by the Metropolitan Curia, the complaints were filed by three men for events dating back 20 years.

The complainants claim to have been sexually abused by the priest Víquez when they were between 13 and 16 years old in the communities in which the priest exercised his ministry.

"At this time Víquez is suspended, so he cannot exercise any office of a priest. No sacrament or anything. We have had contact with those who have declared [against him]. The norms that have been established is giving a priority to the victim and helping the person who makes the mistake. Every case that has reached the archdiocese has been processed. A civil complaint has not occurred," said Quirós.

Quirós added that in the last five years several cases have been brought against priests, of which six have ended with the expulsion of the men from the clerical state.


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The complainants claim to have been sexually abused by the priest Víquez when they were between 13 and 16 years old


"The Archdiocese of San José reaffirms its commitment to the fight against sexual abuse, and we stand in solidarity with the victims of these serious crimes and injustices committed,” the press release said.

The Metropolitan Curia adds that: "We exhort every person, particularly those affected, parents or guardians in similar situations to submit their complaint in the Chancery of the Curia."

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Published  Wednesday, August 22, 2018 -  Seventh news page

18 pedestrians robbed daily

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Crimes against pedestrians are common on a daily basis, not only in San José but also at the national level and a judicial official said that there are an average of 18 robberies daily.

As part of the commemoration of World Pedestrian Day, the Judicial Investigating Organization reported that the statistics shows 3,832 robberies of pedestrians, mainly in the downtown area from Jan. 1 to July 31, and total robberies of 4,761, an increase of 496 cases in the seven months over the same period in 2017.

Marco Carrión, head of the robbery section of the judicial agency, referred to the districts where more cases are reported.

“The districts where there are the most robberies is downtown San José, then Pavas and in the San Pedro area," said Carrión.

People who walk through solitary sites, or who display electronic devices such as cell phones or tablets are still the most vulnerable to becoming victims of robbery.

"The preference of the robbers is the people who carry valuables in their hands, like cell phones. The recommended thing is, if you need to make a phone call or see information on your cell phone, enter a store and use your cell phone. Then, save it and follow its route," added Carrión.

According to Carrión, the principal instrument in a robbery usually is a firearm.


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Total robberies increase of 496 cases in the seven months
over the same period in 2017.