Costa Rican criminal sentences usually are not final until an appeals court says so. Frequently, the convicted individuals are given liberty until the appeals court acts. That could be months.
This is why the Sección Capturas of the Judicial Investigating Organization came out Monday with a list of 20 men and two women who are fugitives. They range from a Nicaraguan man sought to spend 20 days in jail to rapists and robbers. There also are drug dealers and murderers.
Not all of the fugitives skipped while awaiting the results of an appeal. Some were given home custody or other options that provide limited freedom. There are two rapists on the list who are being sought to serve 10-year sentences.
There are no U.S. or Canadian citizens on this list.