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U.S. citizen wins case against Costa Rican businessman

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


The U.S. citizen, surnamed Brannon, won a case against a Costa Rican businessman named Rodriguez for false accusations of aggravated robbery and outrage of private property.

The two legal resolutions were in favor of Brannon, one in the center of promotion of the Chamber of Commerce of Costa Rica and another in a Puntarenas court.

According to the court report, Brannon brought a claim against Rodriguez accusing him of being a thief and assailant, claiming Rodriguez stole large amounts of money in his power as manager of the real estate projects was developed in Costa Rica by the U.S. citizen.

Among the development works are a shopping center in Belén and a luxury home valued at $2 million in Garabito, Puntarenas.

According to the file, Brannon could not enter the residence for almost a year because Rodriguez prevented him from doing so.

Even an altercation is detailed, where Rodriguez hit Brannon and threatened him with a gun.

Between the testimonial probe is a video registered in which it is seen how Rodriguez discusses with Brannon.

Later Rodriguez removes from the pocket a pistol, apparently 22 caliber , apparently to intimidate to Brannon, according to the video.

According to court documents, Brannon said that "Carlos began to yell at me and insult me. He insulted me 'son of a bitch', 'fagot' and 'swindler'. He pulled out a firearm, pointed at me and said, 'I'm going to kill you.' He came over to fight me, gave me a push with his hands, and I fell to the ground, but I quickly got up. I was ready to fight, but my girlfriend grabbed me to stop ".

The Conciliation and Arbitration Center of the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce determined that Brannon is the true owner of the luxury beach house located in Puntarenas.

And it also confirm that Carlos Rodríguez has no power over said property.

"All current rights of Mr. Brannon are declared as a partner in his capacity as owner" and "Rodriguez is sentenced to pay both costs of this process,  so for costs of proceeds must assume full payment of administrative costs of the arbitration center," Apart from paying " the sum of ¢33.8 billion colones, which corresponds to the fixing of the amount of the process".


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Thus, between the luxury home with an estimated value of $2 million dollars and the costs of arbitration, the total that Rodriguez must pay to Brannon amounts to more than ¢1.2 trillion.

Thus, between the luxury home with an estimated value of $2 million dollars and the costs of arbitration, the total that Rodriguez must pay to Brannon amounts to more than ¢1.2 trillion.

Also, according to the file of the criminal court of Garabito, Brannon wins the case for usurpation against Rodriguez. The resolution says:

"Brannon is the owner of 10 thousand shares of the company and therefore the right to use exclusive enjoyment for the maximum term of the law of the housing unit that was developed within that concession corresponding to him".

The following precautionary measures against Rodriguez are also ruled:

"Refrain from performing disturbing acts in relation to the right of possession that was granted to the offended by the judicial authority. Respect the arbitration award issued by the conciliation center of the Chamber of Commerce until the appeals filed before the municipality of Garabito have been resolved. The repositioning of the Brannon is maintained. Do not disturb, annoy, physically, psychologically, verbally, personally or by third parties, via telephone or electronic means, social networks, offended person Brannon ".

The results of this case was published by the local Spanish newspaper Diario Extra.



More controversy on tax bill

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


The government Monday withdrew the bill known as the Law of Strengthening of Public Finances in order to rethink and negotiate the text with lawmakers, it said. This is the bill that calls for a new value-added tax.

The announcement was made by Victor Morales, head of the pro-government party in the legislature, who explained that they are doing so in order to seek negotiations with various fractions, mainly to reverse motions that have drained the amount of money the executive branch was seeking to raise with the initiative.

The lawmaker gave a brief comment: "It is retired to give more workspace with party fractions."

The minister of Finance, Rocio Aguilar, announced at a press conference that "The government intended to collect 1.9 percent of the gross domestic product in the original text, but as a result of the changes made in the original text, this new income was falling by 1.12 percent of GDP, which was not enough to the ends that they were wanted to reach. "

Aguilar said that "We will initiate negotiations with the legislators to seek agreements to return the original tax raised to the basic basket and private education for 2 percent."

The announcement was made after Aguilar, went personally to the legislature in order to clarify the government's position due to the changes that were made in the original text and affecting the expectation of fresh revenues.

The minister also said that if these new revenues cannot be obtained, the only one option could be to reduce government spending, possibly in the infrastructure area.

Before the project was withdrawn, President Carlos Alvarado had publicly stated that he was going to maintain the project in the legislature until an approved final text was reached.


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The president Alvarado had still hope to achieve negotiations with legislators and other groups,
in favor of that bill.


But lawmakers Morales, clarified that the president had still hope to achieve negotiations with legislators and other groups, in favor of the project. That did not happen

However, the bill has not been canceled completely. The government expects to begin a series of negotiations  to clarify doubts and achieve commitments to return to present the original project with the hope that it will be approved as presented by the government.

At the end of this edition, congressman Morales reported that, Minister Aguilar speech, opened "new possibilities for dialogue to continue building agreements with the Congress parties".

For that reason, the government decided to continue with the analysis of this  controversial new taxes bill in the Congress.



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Basic food basket: To tax or exempt?

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Drivers for the Uber company will march today starting at 7 a.m. from the Campo Ferial de Zapote to the Presidential House, also located in Zapote.

The protest seeks to draw the attention of the government to a request for approval of the private transport platform in the form of a new law that legalizes the service.

The Uber drivers group calls itself the August 14 Commission, as this is the date on which the company began to operate in the country in 2015.

According to the organizers, the march is expected to be represented by 4,000 associates.

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport began analyzing whether or not to support a law legalizing Uber last week.

According to the last Uber report, more people per capita use the service in Costa Rica than in any other Latin country.

George Gordon, the new regional director of the U.S. company, stated: "The case of Costa Rica also delights us a lot, not only because of the love they have for the brand, but also because it is a success story for Latin America due to the number of users and collaborating partners that use the Uber application to mobilize or as a self-employment platform. It is the Latin American country that uses the most per capita application.”

According to the Uber report, there are 22,000 freelance drivers in Costa Rica.

Uber started operations in Costa Rica in 2015. However, no regulation or legal structure has yet been issued to agree to its operation.


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The government has been pressured by formal taxi drivers in the last few weeks. They are asking that the use of Uber in the country be formally prohibited and that the platform be deactivated so that people cannot request the service from cell phones.

President Carlos Alvarado rejected the demand of taxi drivers to deactivate access to Uber last week.

"There is a technical and material impossibility," for the Executive Power to satisfy the demand (referring to the deactivation of Uber). "We all understand that from a technical and material point of view that is not something that can be executed," said the president.




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AmCham disapproves of VAT tax in free trade zones

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Free economic zones, free economic territories or free zones are a class of special economic zones designated by the government in which companies are taxed very lightly or not at all to encourage economic activity.

According to International Commerce Promoters, in the last five years, they have generated more than 93,000 direct jobs and 41 percent of these jobs directly benefit women.

For every $1 of incentive, free zones contribute $3.7 to the nation’s economy and 38 percent of local purchases of multinational companies are to local companies.

In 2016, this represented $1,5 billion, the promoters said.

The Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce, kn own as AmCham, has taken the position that imposing the value-added tax in these zones would endanger local production chains and increase their costs.

It has expressed its strong opposition to the tax, which is part of a new bill that calls for strengthening public finance.

The government modification provides that only goods and services for export qualify for the value-added tax exemption.

This would discourage the vertical integration of the economy with the companies benefiting from the free zones, highlighting the productive chains that are one of the fundamental objectives of the free zones, which have become the cornerstone of the process of attracting foreign direct investment in the country, and one of the principal economic activity in Costa Rica.

According to Elías Soley, president of AmCham, it is very unfortunate that this modification was incorporated into the new text, since it generates legal uncertainty affecting those productive linkages for which the chamber continues to work intensively in Costa Rica.

In addition, the initiative of the Ministry of Finance is not consistent with the desire of President Carlos Alvarado, who has repeatedly stated that this reform will not affect the free zones, due to the excellent results they has had for the country.


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The tax bill initiative of the Ministry of Finance is not consistent with the desire of President Alvarado, who has repeatedly stated that this reform will not affect the free zones.

Finally, AmCham said it draws attention to the fact that this provision may be in violation of the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures of the World Trade Organization by associating the incentive with an export criterion, Soley said.

"The establishment of a differentiated condition between export and local purchase is undoubtedly a discouragement to productive linkages. We believe it is important that there is clarity regarding the exemption of all types of purchases of goods and services of purchases, regardless of the destination of the product. In AmCham we make this alert because we believe that, if this measure is approved, the rules of the game would be changed and undermine the legal security required by companies operating in free zones, resulting in a reduction in the competitiveness of the country," Soley said.

According to the Foreign Commerce Promoter Office, in Costa Rica the free trade zones have managed to connect small and medium-sized national companies with international markets, thanks to the negotiations they carry out with the companies that operate in the free zones.

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Farmers' Chamber opposes tax on the basic foods

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


The representatives of the National Agricultural Alliance oppose the possible approval of a tax on the basic food basket.

This new tax is still contemplated in the special commission that is analyzing the draft text of the new tax proposal known as the "Law for the Strengthening of Public Finances".

The problem for farmers is that the tax exemption does not include the raw materials that farmers use to produce the basic consumer products.

The farmers’ chamber said it is concerned that the approved motion does not include materials such as raw milk, citrus fruits, coffee, cocoa, sugar cane, oil palm, vegetables, meat and pork offal, poultry and beef, which are essential to produce, and/or package the goods of the basic food basket.

If these products are not included in the basic basket, they would be assessed with the 13 percent sales tax, which impacts the farmers very negatively, it added.


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The import or local purchase of wheat, corn, sorghum, soybeans, fruit and oil palm kernel, as well as the derivatives of all these raw materials for the production of animal feed, veterinary drugs and agricultural inputs is not exempt because the new tax plan considers a 1 percent tax on the purchase of these products.

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Published Tuesday, August 28, 2018 -  Fifth news page

Dental College warns about unlicensed dentists

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The College of Surgeons Dentists of Costa Rica wants to alert the public that people who are not dentists have been found providing such care as: cleaning, orthodontic placement, dental and prosthesis provision, among other services.

Erica Mora explained that there is a great deal of risk involved when a patient is treated by someone who is not a licensed practitioner and that such treatment can even be life threatening.

The dental professional organization can confirm if a doctor is licensed, but it is the obligation of the patients to verify the license before they begin treatment, she said.

"Dentistry is a science of health, in terms of the provisions of the General Law of Health and it is only the professional people in dentistry who are authorized to practice the profession," said Mora, herself a dentist.

"The intervention of a non-professional person in dentistry treatments could involve serious consequences in the oral health of the patient and in the general health condition, even putting life in risk," added Mora.

According to the dental organization report, several criminal complaints have been reported to the prosecutor's office in the areas of Limón, Siquirres and San José, and the offenders may be tried for the crime of illegally practicing the profession without a license.

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Published Tuesday, August 28
, 2018 -  Sixth news page

Minister of Public Education prohibits
discrimination against migrants in schools

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The minister of Public Education, Édgar Mora, signed a directive in which he asks teachers to ensure that schools and colleges are spaces where discrimination is not allowed for migrant and refugee students.

Mora declared "the most absolute repudiation of any demonstration that calls for hatred or violence against populations of different nationalities that live temporarily or permanently in our country, regardless of their status or immigration status."

He also requests teachers and the administrative body to prohibit all types of verbal, written or other manifestations against migrant students because of their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability or for any type of discrimination contrary to human dignity.

Throughout its history, the country has signed treaties and international agreements in which it reaffirms its commitment to provide quality education to all children, regardless of their nationality.

"Every student of preschools, schools, colleges and universities vindicates us as educators," he said. "No student is worth less than another, and everyone deserves our understanding of their personal history and their desire for happiness," Mora said.

For registration and evaluation of knowledge of students coming from an educational system different from  Costa Rica, leveling tests will be applied, the ministry said.

The ministry has requested a list of the number of migrant or refugee students enrolled in recent weeks in order to keep a detailed record of the immigrant students.


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"If a migrant student does not have documents to prove the educational level he has or the last grade he attended, his enrollment will be defined taking into account his age, and through the application of special placement tests that contemplate the objectives and contents of the program of studies of the last year that affirms to have studied and approved," said the new regulation.


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Published  Tuesday, August 28, 2018 -  Seventh news page

Police arrest 22 suspected of forging and selling driver's licenses, passports residents ID and other legal documents

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Deputy Prosecutor's Office of Frauds and the Specialized Traffic Section of the Judicial Investigating Organization made 22 raids, which allowed the capture of 22 people as suspects of forming an organization dedicated to the falsification and commercialization of licenses and other types of legal documents.

The operative actions were developed in San José, Alajuelita, Tibás, Desamparados, Coronado, Pavas, Puntarenas and Cartago, as well as an office in the vicinity of the Road Safety Council (Cosevi), in La Uruca.

In the raids, evidence that would link the suspects to the activity was confiscated, among which materials to falsify documents stand out along with stickers and fake documents, stamps, printers and cutting machines for metal plates, said a judicial report.

According to the report the activity started in 2016, and it was led by a man with last name Laitano and a woman with the surname Ríos.

The group would have falsified and sold documents such as: driver's licenses, ID and residence cards, passports, marchamos (driving tax), high school diplomas, vehicle license plates and stickers for approval of the vehicular safety review.

It is believed that these were sold for high amounts of money.

Then, after payment, the documents were delivered near a supermarket in Plaza González Víquez and in other points of San José.

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The suspects were taken to the prosecution where they
had to give statements and receive precautionary
measures issued by a judge.



The band would also have sent the fake documents to places far away from the central canton, like in Perez Zeledón, Puntarenas and Guanacaste.