Former magistrate cited to appear in Crucitas case

The Poder Judicial said Wednesday that the nation’s chief prosecutor had summoned a former Sala Primera magistrate to appear to give a statement. The case is the one of the Las Crucitas gold mine when someone leaked the draft of an anticipated high court decision.

The former magistrate is Moisés Fachler, a politically connected lawyer. He denies that he is the person who leaked the document. A former employee of Industrias Infinito S.A. was the whistle blower in the case but he did not name the magistrate. The former employee said he was at a meeting when a magistrate turned over copies of the decision to representatives of Infinito and its Canadian parent company.

The Poder Judicial characterized Fachler as a suspect in an investigation of divulging secrets and of failing to do his duties. Both are criminal allegations.

The Sala Primera is the appeals court for a lower court ruling that annulled the Infinito concession for an open pit gold mine in Cutris de San Carlos near the Nicaraguan border.

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