Chief prosecutor, despite criticism, re-elected to job for four more years

The Corte Suprema de Justicia reappointed  Jorge Chavarría Guzmán as fiscal general Monday, but not everyone is happy.

Legislators from the Partido Acción Cuidadana joined other protestors outside the supreme court building Monday afternoon to oppose the appointment.

The fiscal general is the chief prosecutor, and he not only sets policy but makes decisions regarding individual criminal cases.

The  Acción Cuidadana lawmakers said that  Chavarría was complacent in the face of corruption by the previous two administrations.

Among other recent actions,  Chavarría seeks dismissal by a judge of allegations that former president Óscar Arias Sánchez acted criminally in his support of the Industrias Infinito gold mine near San Carlos. The Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo, which is a check on government action, annulled the mine permit given the company and asked prosecutors to investigate Arias.

Chavarría will serve four more years. The vote was 16-4.

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