Agents and prosecutors search legislative offices for evidence

Judicial agents, prosecutors and two judges entered and searched the legislative offices of Justo Orozco Monday afternoon. They sought evidence that he had illegally provided notary services in a public facility.

Orozco is the only lawmaker of the evangelical Partido Renovación Costarricense.  The Poder Judicial said that because he is a lawmaker, the search had to be authorized by the Sala III of the Corte Suprema de Justicia.

Both the law and the notary rules prohibit the use of public  facilities for private business, so Orozco faces what amounts to a taking of public property investigation.

The Poder Judicial said he had been under investigation since Aug. 16. Prosecutors were responding to a new story on Teletica Channel 7 that said the man was conducting his private business at the legislative complex.

The Poder Judicial said that the investigation was at the stage of studying evidence.

Orozco also is the presidential candidate for his party. In Costa Rica, notaries can conduct marriage ceremonies, validate divorces and provide a number of services that result in filings at the public registries.

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