Jurists, prosecutors and investigators from Central America, the United States, Spain and México are meeting through Wednesday at the Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobicí, to develop strategies against organized crime.
Among the goals is a plan to unify some of the criminal laws, said the Poder Judicial. The conference began Monday. Also involved is the Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana.
The conference appears to emphasize strategies against drug trafficking, in part because of the presence of a number of U.S. officials who are trying to maintain the tenor of the anti-drug campaign in the region.
Several presidents, including Laura Chinchilla, has questioned the success of the so-called war on drugs. Ms. Chinchilla even suggested seeking help from the United Nations.
Jorge Chavarría Guzmán, the Costa Rican chief prosecutor, spoke Monday. Eric Nelson, the chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy also was there, said the Poder Judicial. Panamá and the Dominican Republic also were represented.