Appeal in Alcatel case is set for five days in November

An appeals panel will hear a challenge to the sentences handed out to eight persons, including former president Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, in an open hearing starting Nov. 5, according to the Poder Judicial. Five days are set aside for the hearing before three judges.

The former president and others were convicted April 27, 2011, of a variety of crimes relating to payoffs by the Alcatel telecom company in order to obtain a cell telephone contract form the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad.

Rodríguez got five years and was told he could not hold public office for 12 years. He has strongly maintained his innocence.

The trial court found Rodríguez guilty specifically of instigating a kickback scheme for the 400,000 cell lines.

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