Committee seeking narco moles in judiciary has its first meeting

The commission that has been established to investigate the possible penetration of drug traffickers and organized crime into the judiciary had its first meeting Wednesday.

The purpose of the meeting was to establish concrete and immediate actions that can confront the danger that penetration poses to the judicial institution, said Zarela Villanueva Monge, the president of the Corte Suprema de Justicia, according to a Poder Judicial summary. The committee includes top law enforcement officers and the heads of the various chambers of the high court.

The court president said that officials have to reinforce the way judicial employees are recruited and devise better ways to monitor their work. She also said that mechanisms should be established to encourage the public to file complaints about threats or suspicious situations in the administration of justice.

The commission was set up Monday in response to the arrest of a judge last Friday in the criminal courts of Limón to face allegations of influence peddling to benefit drug suspects.

The Poder Judicial was quick to point out that the circumstances surrounding the judge were first pointed out by colleagues in the same judicial district.

Zarela Villanueva Monge chairs the first meeting of the committee.

Zarela Villanueva Monge chairs the first meeting of the committee.

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