High court accepts charges against legislator Angulo

The judicial process against Jorge Angulo Mora, a legislator, took another step forward Monday. The 22 magistrates of the Corte Suprema de Justicia voted that the allegations would be accepted.

This does not mean that Angulo was judged guilty, just that the case should proceed. Costa Rica has special rules for criminal cases against members of the branches of government.

Magistrate Carlos Chinchilla Sandí of the criminal Sala III outlined the procedures for the other magistrates, said the Poder Judicial.

Angulo accused of taking a bribe from a contractor and of accepting favors from public agencies because of his position as a member of the Partido Liberación Nacional and a member of the Asamblea Legislativa.

The magistrates asked the legislature to lift the immunity that Angulo has, but this will take a two-thirds vote. Angulo said that he would surrender his immunity if charges were leveled, but he did not do so Monday.

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