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Now former Minister of Public Transport Luis Amador-Jiménez (left) and President Rodrigo Chaves-Robles (right) spoke during a press conference in Costa Rica's Casa Presidencial.

- Archive photo via Casa Presidencial -

Costa Rica's Former Minister of Public Transport to Testify Before Congress

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Published on Tuesday, March 19, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Monday, the Infrastructure Commission's Deputies authorized a call for an interview with Luis Amador-Jiménez, former Minister of Public Transport.

The action is part of an inquiry into the government's recent agreement with a private company, MECO, to repair the runway landing at the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia Canton, Guanacaste.

Congress plans to investigate prominent government executives, including Natalia Díaz Quintana, current Minister of the Presidency, and Fernando Naranjo Elizondo, former head of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation, among others.

The inquiry concerns the government's $40 deal with MECO company for repairing the airport runway. 

This deal was one of the primary reasons President Rodrigo Chaves-Robles recently dismissed Amador and Naranjo.  According to Chaves, Amador and Naranjo failed to meet their responsibilities by not thoroughly studying the details of that deal. "The lack of the agreement evaluation will cost the government $2 million," he added.

Furthermore, the Attorney General's Office is currently investigating the same agreement. Judicial officials also are researching the actions of  President Chaves' and Minister Díaz over that deal.

The Prosecutor's Office is questioning why the government declared an emergency status for airport renovations. That action circumvented bureaucratic formalities in the process of selecting and employing a firm to do the repairs.

Former Minister Amador fled for Canada on March 14, just a few days after being fired by President Chaves.

According to Amador's video statement, he opted to leave the nation to keep away "the tentacles of evil" from reaching him.

The date of former Minister Amador's interview is scheduled to be determined by Congress over the next several days.

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) is an agency of the government in charge of roads, airports and maritime ports planning and construction. It also regulates public transportation.

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