The suspect was arrested on August 18, 2019, in the city of Nuevo León, Mexico, following the national and international arrest
warrant for the crime of sexual abuse against a minor.
- Interpol- OIJ - A.M. Costa Rica archive photo -
Published Friday, May 7, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Agents from the International Criminal Police Organization, Interpol, in an investigation with the Judicial Investigation Organization, OIJ, carried out on Thursday the extradition of a Costa Rican man, a former Catholic priest, surnamed Manuel Antonio Víquez-Lizano, 56, accused of sexual crimes against minors.
According to the agents' report, the suspect was arrested on August 18, 2019, in the city of Nuevo León, Mexico, following the national and international arrest warrant for the crime of sexual abuse against a minor.
Once detained, the Mexican judicial authorities coordinated to get the suspect extradited. Víquez was brought by Interpol agents on a flight that arrived in the country on Thursday.
Víquez was taken to the cells of the OIJ, where he was interviewed by the agents, then he was taken to the criminal court in San José, where he must wait for a judge to order the pre-trial measures against him as suspected of sexual abuse of minors.
"The defendant is being investigated as a suspect of committing alleged sexual crimes against four victims, who, apparently, at the time of the events, were minors," the Public Ministry said.
In February 2019, the Criminal Court of the city of Desamparados ordered the international arrest of Víquez, related to several cases of rape against minors, of which one was at risk of expiring in September 2019. But, Emilia Navas, General Attorney, said the extradition process reactivated the case against him and automatically suspended the risk of expiration.
According to the investigations, in January 2019, the former Catholic priest left the country, entered Panama and traveled to Mexico.
In May 2019, Jason Granados spokesman for the Costa Rican Catholic Church confirmed that Víquez was sentenced to the maximum sanction imposed by the church in cases such as pedophilia.
Granados said that the resolution issued reads: "Imposed to Víquez Lizano, priest of the Archdiocese of San José, the perpetual and expiatory sentence of expulsion from the Clerical State."
The suspect is being investigated for the alleged rape of boys in 2003.
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