Dear A.M. Costa Rica:
Thank you so much for the service you provide English-speaking people with interests in Costa Rica. The report you provided about the recent case dismissal of murder charges might otherwise be lost in the tourist agencies’ rose colored glasses vision of reality.
It is a sad day in Costa Rica as a result of the case against seven men accused of murdering turtle conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval being dismissed for evidence reasons. The primary function of police investigating murder cases is evidence collection and protection.
For the judge to dismiss the charges as a result of improper handling of evidence by police, suggests that taxes assessed for additional police training and equipment are not being effectively used.
Suggestions that corruption could be the underlying issue of evidence problems cannot be ignored.
It is hard to accept the governments rational of new taxes to improve public safety, if morality is reduced to a wad of bills passed under a table. Want to be a premier country with a thriving tourist economy? This is not the way. If police are not able (or refuse) to do the job they were trained and trusted with, they need to find other work and be prosecuted for crimes.
Guacimo, Limón and U.S.A.