Three lawmakers investigated over transfers made to party

The nation’s chief prosecutor announced Tuesday morning that he was bringing criminal charges against three sitting lawmakers of the Partido Liberación Nacional.

But a later explanation showed that the allegations involved the use of property that had passed through a corporation in the last campaign. Donations from corporations are not legal, but many properties are held in corporations for convenience.

The prosecutor or fiscal general, Jorge Chavarría Guzmán, is pressing the case over a building provided the political party in San José during the last presidential campaign and also for the use of Balcon Verde, the long-time party headquarters in Sabana Oeste. The ownership of Balcon Verde passed though a corporation to the political party.

The lawmakers who were named by the Poder Judicial are Óscar Alfaro and Antonio Calderón, who are involved with the exchange of the San José building, and Alicia Fournier and Calderón, who were involved with the transfer of Balcon Verde from one corporation to the political party. Because of their legislative jobs, they are immune to prosecution unless the Asamblea Legislativa lifts the immunity.

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