Prosecutors pay visit to agency that issued highway concession

The case of the highway concession for the San José-San Ramón route keeps getting worse. Now prosecutors are involved in the controversial issue because someone made a criminal complaint.

The Ministerio Público confirmed Monday afternoon that some of its prosecutors had conducted a search of the Consejo Nacional de Concesiones. The goal was to obtain copies of documents, the ministry said.

The report was confirmed by the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes, the ministry in which the concessions unit is located.

Edwin Rodríguez Aguilera, the secretario técnico of the concessions council, said prosecutors and judicial agents arrived about 1:30 p.m.

The Ministerio Público said that the investigation centers on irregularities in the concession process.

This is the route that was the subject of a protest against President Laura Chinchilla Thursday at Juan Santamaría day in Alajuela. Residents along the route object to the 2,000-colon one-way toll that is being proposed.

A Brazilian firm, OAS, received the concession.

The Contraloría General de la República said Monday that it, too had received a complaint about the way the concession was issued. But it said after an investigation it rejected the complaint.

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