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Costa Rica's Supreme Court Comes Through, Despite Alleged Unethical Move, and Cracks Down on Mining Project

LADB Article ID: 78440
Category/Department: Costa Rica
Date: 2011-12-08
By: George Rodríguez

Amid high expectations, debate, and controversy, Costa Rica's Sala I (civil and administrative law chamber) of the Corte Suprema de Justicia (CSJ) upheld last month the ruling of the administrative appeals court (Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo, TCA) against a mining company and its open-pit project in this Central America nation’s northern region, next to the border with Nicaragua. In so doing, it has specifically upheld the TCA’s decision—included in the ruling—to submit all the information regarding the case to the Ministerio Público (MP) for the latter to investigate whether it should try former Costa Rican President Óscar Arias (1986-1990, 2006-2010) and his environment, energy, and telecommunications minister Roberto Dobles, both former officials involved in the case.

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