Fiscal general declines to seek reappointment

The fiscal general, the nation’s chief prosecutor, will not seek re-election in October. That was the content of a message released by the Poder Judicial Friday.

The fiscal general, Jorge Alberto Chavarría Guzmán, sent a letter to Zarela Villanueva Monge, the president of the Corte Suprema de Justicia, reflecting his decision. He told the magistrate that a new fiscal general should be named before his current term expires in October, so they can work together for awhile.

Chavarría has not been a controversial figure, but his effectiveness has been questioned. He is leaving at a time when the entire judiciary is being studied for penetration by drug cartels and other organized crime operations. In fact, he is one of the judicial higher-ups who is doing the investigation.

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