INTERPOL will not seek arrest of former rebel Edén Pastora

The International Police Agency no longer seeks the arrest of Edén Pastora, the man in charge of dredging a new mouth for the Río San Juan.

The agency lifted its general request for Pastora’s arrest. The Judicial Investigating Organization here reported the action.

A Costa Rican prosecutor asked for the so-called red notice Oct. 25 because of Pastora’s actions in the invasion of Costa Rica. A judge in the Juzgado Penal de Pococí issued the warrant. The investigation alleged the taking of public property, in this case a piece of the country.

The Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Nicaragua said that Pastora was working as an employee of the government.

Pastora’s actions sparked a World Court case brought by Costa Rica. The former Contra rebel has been trying to put through a new mouth to the Río San Juan so that the area could be developed. Costa Rica claims the land where Pastora dug two canals, and claims the work had done massive environmental damage.

The International Court of Justice, in a preliminary decision, ordered Nicaragua to fill in the ditches.

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