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.