Verdict is this afternoon in Rodríguez-Alcatel trial

After more than a year of trial, a tribunal in Goicoechea is expected to render a verdict today in the case known as ICE-Alcatel.

This is the corruption case involving the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and Alcatel in the awarding of a cell telephone contract. The best known defendant is Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Echeverría, the former president who had to quit as secretary general of the Organization of American States when the case became public.

The decision today is expected to be brief followed by a lengthy written document in some weeks. Appeals are expected no matter in what direction the case goes.

An Alcatel representative here already has been adjudicated in the United States under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act because he admitted negotiating a bridge for the benefit of his company.

The 3 p.m. hearing is expected to be televised.

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