If Crucitas allegation is true, prosecution is the only course

his newspaper has supported consistently the Las Crucitas mine.

We did that not because we love open pit gold mines, but because Industrias Infinito S.A. already had a permit when this newspaper arrived on the scene.

Costa Rica has to live up to its promises, even though that seems not to be the tradition. We were shocked when President Able Pachco in his first press conference said that he was stopping work on all the open pit gold mines. No public official has the power to take something from someone else without the process of law. In this case, Pacheco sought to take a concession that already had been granted from two separate gold mines.

Open pit mining is preferable to having workers go down miles into hard rock and run the risk of injury or death. We also thought that Costa Rica could use the money generated by mining a million ounces of gold. And we thought that residents of Cutris de San Carlos could use a major industry, if only for about 20 years.

But there is no room in Costa Rica for corrupt company officials. If the allegations are true that Infinito officials welcomed a magistrate who was bringing a leaked copy of the draft of a high court decision, there is only one just action. And that is criminal prosecution.

We do not know now if the allegation is correct. But if it is, the investigation and prosecution should go up the corporate food chain to Infinito’s parent company in Canada.

And it would seem to us that an illegal action of this magnitude would void any attempts by Infinito and its Canadian owner to seek a favorable international arbitration ruling if Costa Rica dumps the entire project.
— Nov. 16, 2011

This entry was posted in Editorial. Bookmark the permalink.