A three-judge appeals panel has acquitted Carlos Pascall, the former president of the Limón professional soccer team.
Pascall, a well-known figure in Limón, has spent 18 months in prison, including preventative detention.
He was detained in a made-for-television raid when agents and police broke into his luxury Limón home through a steel door. Pascal, dressed only in boxer shorts for the early morning visit, watched uncertainly from a second-flood balcony.
He was accused of money laundering, based on funds sent to him from the United States by his brother.
The appeals panel in Goicoechea Tuesday ordered his immediate release and instructed officials to return to him all the goods that had been confiscated. The full decision has yet to be released.