Judiciary issues invitation to report narco infiltration

The Poder Judicial unveiled another aspect of its plan to attack the possible infiltration of drug gangs into the judiciary.

The plan is to maintain a free hotline or email account.  Actually the phone number,  800-8000-645, and the email,  cicooij@poder-judicial.go.cr, already exist. They are for what is called the  Centro de Información Confidencial of the Judicial Investigating Organization.

That is where the citizens are invited to report the whereabouts of missing persons and similar routine complaints.

All the complaints that come in will be transferred to the Comisión de Transparencia y la Inspección Judicial, said the Poder Judicial.

The contact information appears to be part of a proposed law being put forward by Zarela Villanueva Monge, president of the Corte Suprema de Justicia. The bill is designed to fight organized crime and drug cartels. Still unclear is why a new law is needed.

The telephone proposal comes from a  Comisión Contra el Crimen Organizado y el Narcotráfico that has been working in the judiciary to impede the infiltration of criminals, said the magistrate.

She also said that more money will be sought for the judicial inspection office and that campaigns will be organized to stress ethical values and principles for judicial workers. In addition, workers may be asked to provide an accounting of their income and assets each year as others in the government do.

The judiciary was responding, in part, to a case involving a judge in Limón who allowed a cocaine smuggler to post bail in 2011. He quickly vanished.

A year ago the court magistrates set up a committee to consider infiltration by drug gangs. The proposals only became known last month.

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