Sala IV appeal targets former School of Americas

A local lawyer has filed a Sala IV constitutional court appeal to keep Costa Rican police from attending courses at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in the United States.

The institute used to be known as the School of the Americas, and was considered by some a training ground for dictators and illegal military tactics.

The person making the appeal was identified by the Poder Judicial Tuesday as Luis Roberto Zamora Bolaños. He is a lawyer. The appeal said that by sending police officers here to the school at Fort Benning, Georgia, that country is attacking his right to peace.

The former director of the Fuerza Pública, Walter Navarro Romero, spent time as an instructor at the institute after he left the job here. He has returned as a vice minister of security.

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