In fighting crime, lawmaker says what country should not do

Insecurity in Costa Rica has become the main worry to the residents of the country, especially now that drug cartels have invaded the country, said a lawmaker during the legislative session Wednesday.

Mexico has been Colombianized with the infiltration of drug cartels and violence and now Costa Rica should discuss the possibility of Mexicanization of the country, said Carlos Humberto Góngora Fuentes, of Movimiento Libertario.

He said there are 10 things Costa Rica should not do in order to maintain a safe country. One no-no was to fight against corruption but maintain impunity. He said Costa Rica should be a country where if a person commits a crime that person has to pay with all the weight of the law, in other words pay for their mistakes.

Another no-no was to create false panaceas or magical cures, which is easy to do, he said. The legislator referred to the media and the political parties of the country. One day politicians instill fear, so the media report the problem, and it’s all for votes, because somehow the politicians have a
magical fix that is the focus of the platform, he said.

“We are co-responsible for the insecurity of the people in this country,” said Góngora.

One of his last recommendations of what Costa Rica should not do is increase impunity and frustration of citizens and police forces. An alleged criminal is caught and taken through a process by prosecutors at the Ministerio Público, then that person goes to the judge and nothing happens, he said, adding that this is increasing impunity and instilling fear onto the citizens of the country. It’s not just the citizens that are frustrated, he said, but also the police forces.

“There is police frustration, because in a country where the police feel ridiculed about the job they do, that condemns a country to violence,” said Góngora.

His words were inspired by a book he had read from Mexican author José Antonio Ortega, “Mexico: Route to a Failed State?” or México: ¿Rumbo al Estado Fallido?

Ortega gave a book presentation Dec. 6 in San José, and Góngora was in the audience. He spoke Wednesday during an open discussion during the legislative session.

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